DeMarcus Cousins will make his Warriors debut Jan. 18

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4720/" data-ylk="slk:DeMarcus Cousins">DeMarcus Cousins</a> will make his <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/gsw" data-ylk="slk:Warriors">Warriors</a> debut Jan. 18. (AP Photo)
DeMarcus Cousins will make his Warriors debut Jan. 18. (AP Photo)

The Golden State Warriors are about the be at full strength. Injured big man DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his team debut Jan. 18, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

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Cousins’ first game with the Warriors will come on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed Cousins was close to playing again, but would not commit to a return date.

The 28-year-old Cousins has spent the season rehabbing from an Achilles injury. Cousins tore his Achilles tendon in late January. He signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the team in July.

Cousins has made major progress in recent weeks. He was assigned to the Warriors’ G League team in December, and completed his first full practice with the Warriors on Jan. 2.

The Warriors have gotten off to another strong start without Cousins. At 26-14, the team sits in second place in the Western Conference. Even if he’s not initially at 100 percent, Cousins should be more than enough to push the Warriors past the Denver Nuggets and solidify Golden State’s status as the team to beat in the West.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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