The Golden State Warriors have officially ruled DeMarcus Cousins out of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
In addition to Boogie, the team has ruled out Kevin Durant and Damian Jones for Tuesday’s contest against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Injury report for tomorrow's Game 1 vs. Portland: DeMarcus Cousins (left quadriceps tear), Kevin Durant (right calf strain) and Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are out.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 13, 2019
Boogie being out isn’t a surprise. While it’s been reported that Cousins is on track to return at some point during this series, it was always a long shot that he’d be back for Game 1. The same is true for Durant, who will be reevaluated on Thursday, and Jones, who has started to play three-on-three.
At Saturday’s practice, Steph Curry praised Cousins and Durant for their work in dealing with their health setbacks.
Steph Curry on how Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins have been behind the scenes hoping to return pic.twitter.com/x3iKTGpEYv— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 13, 2019
“When we were in Houston, and we obviously advanced, it stretches the calendar, so the opportunity for [Cousins] to come back becomes more real in that moment,” Curry said. “I don’t know what that means in terms of when he’ll be able to pass all his tests and all that type of stuff. . . He’s putting the work in. Staying engaged, so that when he is on the floor, that transition will hopefully be pretty smooth, and he’ll be able to help us win basketball games.”
It remains to be seen when we’ll next see Cousins. It certainly seems like he’ll be back this year, but not on Tuesday.