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Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins to compete in NBA Skills Challenge

DeMarcus Cousins drives past Philadelphia’s Robert Covington on Monday. Cousins was named the Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 27.8 points and 14.5 rebounds in leading the Kings to a 3-1 record.
DeMarcus Cousins drives past Philadelphia’s Robert Covington on Monday. Cousins was named the Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 27.8 points and 14.5 rebounds in leading the Kings to a 3-1 record. The Associated Press

For the second consecutive year, Kings All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins will compete in the NBA Skills Challenge, the league announced Thursday.

Cousins will play in his third consecutive All-Star Game on Feb. 19 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. He will be a reserve for the Western Conference.

The Skills Challenge, part of All-Star Saturday Night, will take place on Feb. 18.

The Skills Challenge is a three-round event in which players participate in a head-to-head, bracket-style format competition in which players dribble through an obstacle course, pass the ball through targets and shoot from various spots.

The players who successfully complete the obstacle course fastest in head-to-head matchups advance to the next round.

Cousins will be placed in a bracket against three other big men: Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, Joel Embiid of the 76ers and Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks. The other bracket will include guards Devin Booker of the Suns, Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics, John Wall of the Wizards and Gordon Hayward of the Jazz.

Last year, Cousins was defeated in the second round of the competition by the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, who won the competition.

The Skills Challenge is one of several events to take place during All-Star Saturday Night. Other events include the 3-point contest and the slam-dunk competition.

The Skills Challenge and other events will be televised by TNT, beginning at 5 p.m., and carried on radio at 1320.

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