Report: DeMarcus Cousins’ Quad Injury Suffered vs. Clippers Diagnosed as Tear

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins reacts after falling to the floor during the first half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Golden State Warriors star DeMarcus Cousins has received an official diagnosis on the quad injury he suffered in Game 2 of the team’s first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Cousins’ MRI revealed a torn left quad. 

Charania added Cousins and the Warriors will see how the injury responds to two weeks of rehab since he doesn’t need surgery before officially ruling him out for the remainder of the postseason. 

While Golden State did not know the extent of Cousins’ injury immediately after Game 2, coach Steve Kerr acknowledged that his big man would likely be out “a while.”

“There’s a pretty significant quad injury,” Kerr said.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the initial prognosis was that Cousins had suffered a torn left quad. A

The latest development is a tough blow for a player who was seeing the first postseason action of his nine-year career.

Boogie never sniffed the playoffs while spending the first six-plus seasons of his career with the Sacramento Kings. His New Orleans Pelicans made the playoffs last season in his first full year with the team. However, he was sidelined by a season-ending Achilles injury suffered in January 2018.

Signing with Golden State last offseason figured to give Cousins the opportunity to fully recover from his Achilles injury while still putting himself in position to play in the postseason for the first time in his career. After missing the first 45 games of the season, the 28-year-old had been an impact player for the two-time defending champs.

He averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 regular-season appearances. He recorded 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting and grabbed 11 boards in 25 minutes of action over the course of four-plus quarters this postseason.

Now, he can only watch as his team looks to win the title without him.

Cousins will enter free agency while recovering from injury for the second consecutive year. While Kerr initially made it clear that this figured to be a one-year stint for Boogie, Warriors general manager Bob Myers later said on Warriors Pregame Live (h/t NBC Sports’ Marcus White) in November 2018 that the team would be open to re-signing the center.

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via Bleacher Report – NBA http://bit.ly/2gMI6gF

April 16, 2019 at 10:51AM

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