The Golden State Warriors made quick work of the L.A. Clippers in Game 1 of their first round playoff series and, in short, it doesn’t appear as if the reigning champions will be pushed by the No. 8 seed in the coming days. With that in mind, the future is at the forefront of everything for the Warriors and that means an aim to fine tune the rotation with an eye on the remainder of the playoff run.
Some of that focus is aimed at DeMarcus Cousins, who famously signed a below-market contract in the off-season after suffering a ruptured Achilles as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. While Cousins hasn’t necessarily been the all-encompassing X-factor that some projected, he remains highly talented and intriguing and, to this point, the veteran big man has largely remained healthy and available for deployment.
On Monday evening, however, Cousins suffered a left quad injury chasing after a steal in the first quarter, collapsing to the ground without contact in a scary sight for the Warriors.
TNT’s Kristen Ledlow would later bring word that it was indeed a left quad injury and that Cousins would not return to the game. He will have an MRI done on his quad in the next 24 hours to determine the severity of the injury and a potential timetable, but as is always the case with non-contact injuries, the fear is that he’ll miss significant time.
With Cousin out, the Warriors turned to Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney to pick up more minutes, and that can be expected to be the case for however long Boogie has to miss.
After the game, Steve Kerr said it was a “significant” injury and said the star center would be out “a while.” How long exactly will be determined after the MRI, but the prognosis right now does not look optimistic.
UPDATE: Cousins is done for the year, it appears.