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March 8, 2012
Video: Keith Smart after practice

Kings head coach Keith Smart talks about his goals for the team's nine-game homestand and other topics following Thursday's practice.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins took part in some of the team's practice today and should be good to go Friday night when the Kings play the Dallas Mavericks, said head coach Keith Smart.

Cousins sat out the Kings' win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night with food poisoning, the first time he has missed an NBA game due to injury or illness.

"He got on the floor, ran today a little bit, was not totally himself based on what had taken place for him, but he was OK," Smart said. "... He'll be ready tomorrow."

* Forward J.J. Hickson (hip pointer) did not practice as he continues his recovery from the injury sustained last Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Just still going through his rehab," Smart said. "I won't do anything with him until the trainers have released him."

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