Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins is expected to miss the rest of the postseason with a significant quadriceps injury sustained in the Warriors’ loss Monday night, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday.
The report, however, comes before the results of an MRI Cousins is scheduled to undergo Tuesday morning. Yahoo reports team officials are holding out hope that Cousins, who went down with the non-contact in the first quarter of Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers, could return for the NBA Finals, provided the Warriors make it that far.
The Warriors blew a 31-point lead against the Clippers, evening their first-round series at 1-1.
Cousins was injured while trying to run down a loose ball 3 1/2 minutes into the team’s eventual 135-131 loss to the Clippers. With the Warriors leading 11-9 and the Clippers possessing the ball just past the half-court line, Cousins deflected a pass and sent it down the court toward the Warriors’ bench.
Trying to run down the ball before it went out of bounds, Cousins stumbled and went down without being touched, and immediately grabbed his left quad. He walked off and to the locker room on his own power.
“There’s a pretty significant quad injury,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “We’ll get an MRI. But 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.”