The Golden State Warriors received a glimmer of hopeful news regarding the injury fate of DeMarcus Cousins on Wednesday, but are still expecting to miss their powerful big man for the remainder of the postseason.
Cousins fell to the floor with a torn left quad muscle early in the team’s defeat at home to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, and underwent an MRI on Tuesday.
Head coach Steve Kerr revealed that Cousins will not – as originally expected – require surgery, but said the player’s rehab is predicted to take two months. However, as recovery times can vary, the Warriors’ medical staff are not ruling out a possible return late in the playoffs.
“DeMarcus most likely will not be back during the playoffs,” Kerr told reporters. “We are probably looking at a couple of months rehab so it is unlikely. But…there are injuries where that injury heals faster so we are leaving the door open. More than anything, I am just crushed for DeMarcus.”
Cousins joined the team at the start of the season on a $5.3 million, one-year deal but did not play until mid-January due to an ongoing Achilles injury.