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DeMarcus Cousins has his health in mind as injuries pile up

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Boogie is banged up ya'll.

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins has seen his fair share of injuries this season and the big man may be considering some time off to rest his body.

After Monday's 110-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at home, Cousins told reporters he has to start thinking about his health as he listed off the things that are bothering him at the moment.

"Ankles, calf, shoulder, back," Cousins said before being asked if he is going to need some rest moving forward. "I don't know what's going to happen ... Of course I want to have the mentality of playing every game, but I also got to think about my health, so like I said, I don't really know what's going to happen, that's something I'm going to have to talk to management about, but as of right now I'm playing."

In addition to the viral meningitis that sidelined Cousins for an extended stretch earlier this season, he has dealt with a sprained right thumb, left hip flexor, a bout with gastroenteritis, a left hip contusion and a right and left ankle sprain in this 2014-15 campaign.

Cousins is still averaging 23.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game. He is currently second in the NBA in doubles-doubles (41), with Pau Gasol leading the way at 44. Gasol has played in 64 games, however, while Cousins has only played in 52. In fact, Cousins has played in fewer games than any of the other players on the list in the top 10.

Despite his ailments, Boogie is still able to make plays like this.

In addition to Cousins' health issues, Rudy Gay is dealing with a left patellar tendon strain and of course Darren Collison is out for the season with a core muscle injury - quite the rough "training camp" for George Karl.