DeMarcus Cousins has a torn left quadriceps muscle which will sideline the Golden State center indefinitely, a devastating injury that the warriors feared was serious once he went down within the first quarter of their first-round playoff loss to the Clippers.
An MRI test Tuesday morning on Cousins’ left leg discovered the tear. The two-time defensive NBA champion Warriors said Cousins will begin rehabilitation straight off and updates can be “provided as appropriate.”
Coach Steve Kerr said after the Warriors’ 135-131 Game a pair of loss on Monday night that Cousins would be out for a significant amount.
Playing in exactly his second career postseason game once a nine-year wait, Cousins went down within the half-moon ahead of the Golden State bench once swiping a ball from Saint Patrick Beverley within the back court. He straight off grabbed at his left quad. Cousins hobbled to the room at the 8:09 mark.
Cousins had just came in January from a virtually long absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon suffered while with the Pelicans last season.
He had 2 points, 2 rebounds and an assist in less than four minutes Monday. He fouled out of Saturday’s 121-104 Game 1 win with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in twenty one minutes.
“I know it’s frustrating for him. i’ve been through something like that, getting hurt, getting all the way back and then getting hurt again, so i know how frustrating it is,” Warriors center Kevon Looney said. “He is a resilient guy. he’s been through adversity before and i know he is going to bounce back. His spirit is probably low right now, but he is a tough guy and he’ll be back better than ever.”
Looney picked up more minutes with Cousins’ injury and scored a career-high nineteen points while creating all six of his shots in nineteen minutes. Kerr is probably going to use a mixture of shot-blocking presence Andrew Bogut and Looney going forward this postseason.
Bogut’s signing last month for a second stint with the franchise means that so much more now. Kerr called him an “insurance policy” and Bogut – who had been playing back home in Australia – has created the most of his chances. He had 9 rebounds, 3 points and a blocked shot in sixteen minutes Monday.
He played on the Warriors’ 2015 championship team and the 73-win team the subsequent season that lost in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
The No. one overall draft pick in 2005 out of Utah, Bogut has been receptive any role Kerr chooses for him, that currently may well be starting.
“Obviously, there will be more minutes,” he said after the game. “It’ll still be matchup dependent, but I anticipate probably starting games, enjoying the first 3 or four minutes and so setting out.”
Stephen Curry expects the backups to fill the void because the Warriors’ depth has done all season, with Jordan Bell conjointly seemingly to be in the mix.
“Exactly what they’ve been doing. they’ve been playing amazing the last part of the regular season and these initial 2 games,” Curry said. “… it may look a bit different considering the ability and talent and level that boogie will bring once he is healthy.”