Cousins (quad) indicated at Monday's shootaround that he expects to play again before the end of the postseason, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports.
Cousins has been mostly silent since suffering a torn quad back in Game 2 of the Warriors' opening-round series against the Clippers, but he spoke at length about his progress Monday, saying he envisions a "very nice ending" to his first -- and likely only -- season in Golden State. "For me, my goal is I ain't planning on sitting," Cousins said. "I don't know the reality of it. But for me, that is not what I'm planning on doing... It's definitely some type of bad movie. But I think it will have a very nice ending. Just wait for it." It's unclear if Cousins' words are backed by any medical opinions, but the Warriors never officially ruled him out for the rest of the playoffs, stating only that he's sidelined "indefinitely." Taking it a step further, coach Steve Kerr commented Monday that Cousins is "coming along pretty well" in his rehab. "I'm taking it day by day," Cousins added. "I'm in better spirits, for sure. I kind of shut the world out. There are a lot of opinions out there. I shut the world out, went to my little zone and I'm taking it a day at a time." When pressed about the possibility that he could return before the end of the playoffs, Cousins simply answered: "We will see."
Coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that it's "highly unlikely" Cousins (quad) will be able to return at any point during the postseason, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Cousins went down with a torn quad in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Clippers, and while he's without an official timeline, it doesn't sound as though there's much optimism that he'll be able to return at any point during the the team's playoff run, which could push into mid-June. Even without Cousins, the Warriors remain the favorite to win the NBA title, but the injury could have major ramifications for Cousins' future, as he'll be set to hit the open market for the second straight summer. The hope was that Cousins could recover at his own pace and show teams that he's fully healthy after tearing his Achilles in 2018, and while he looked mostly unbothered by that injury this season, this latest ailment may give potential free agent suitors some pause. The nine-year veteran, who averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 blocks in 30 regular season games for Golden State, will turn 29 in August.
Cousins was officially diagnosed with a torn left quadriceps tendon after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday and is likely out for the rest of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
This is an unfortunate turn of events for Cousins, who was just coming into his own with the Warriors and likely would have been in line for a big payday in free agency following the team's postseason run. With Cousins' MRI revealing the news the Warriors feared, surgery is likely on the horizon for the big man, almost certainly ending his campaign prematurely for the second year in a row. The Warriors should provide an official timetable for Cousins once he completes the first two weeks of his rehab post-surgery, but there seems to be little optimism he'll be ready to go even for a potential NBA Finals appearance. Golden State will now have to lean more heavily on both Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney to cover minutes at center.
A formal diagnosis won't be established until Cousins undergoes an MRI on Tuesday, but a torn tendon would likely require surgery and sideline him for the remainder of the playoffs. The Warriors are holding out hope that Cousins is merely dealing with a strained quad, but all indications are that the big man's injury was of the non-contact variety, which would hint at a more severe setback. After missing nearly a full year of action while rehabbing a torn left Achilles' tendon, Cousins had started to round back into form late in the regular season, but the new lower-body injury could force him to settle for another short-term deal when he hits free agency this summer. As for Golden State's plan moving forward in the event Cousins is indeed out, the team will likely turn to Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney to cover most of the minutes at center.
Cousins suffered a quad injury and will not return to Monday's playoff match against the Clippers. He will undergo an MRI within the next 24 hours.
A scary moment at the Oracle as Cousins fell to the ground trying to track down a loose ball, immediately grabbing his left quad and limping off the court on his own power. The center was then taken back to the locker room for further assistance. Look for more updates to come Tuesday, but for now the Warriors will have to rely heavily upon Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney with Cousins sidelined.
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 19 || 20 |
W 119-117 (OT)
| 21 || 22 || 23 || 24 || 25
| 26 || 27 || 28 || 29 || 30 || 31 || 1
|Career Shooting Stats|
|More Postseason Stats|
|College Career Shooting Stats|
|More College Stats|