The Golden State Warriors are worried that center DeMarcus Cousins tore his quad during Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Cousins left the game after a non-contact injury, and limped off the court.
Golden State announced the injury as simply a “right quad injury” and stated that Cousins will receive an MRI on Tuesday. But internally, they fear that the injury is very severe, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
There's significant concern that DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn left quad, but there won't be complete certainty until his MRI on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN. The hope is that it's just a strain.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2019
A torn quad would almost surely keep Cousins out for the entirety of the playoffs, and could play a huge role in how much money he is offered by an NBA team this offseason. If the injury is just a strain, Cousins could return later in the postseason.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported the Warriors expectations on Boogie’s return, saying that the team believes he is out for the duration of the playoffs, but there is “faint optimism” that he could be back for the NBA Finals.
After the game, coach Steve Kerr simply said, “There’s a pretty significant quad injury. . . . He’s going to be out for -- I’ll just say a while because I think it’s unclear right now how long he’ll be out. It’s significant.”
Between Cousins’ injury and the Warriors historic collapse, it was a pretty rough night for the defending champs.