Warriors Star DeMarcus Cousins Won’t Need Surgery, to Miss Playoffs
This is just heartbreaking news.
After missing the latter half of last season with a torn achilles, DeMarcus Cousins opted to sign a contract far below market value to play with the Golden State Warriors. In his second playoff game with his new team, he sustained a left torn quad – an injury that is more than likely to keep him out for the remainder of the playoffs.
Cousins is a pending free agent and after suffering a second serious leg injury in a little bit over a year, the chances of the soon-to-be 29-year old big man getting a maximum deal with term turns slim. Still one of the elite big men in basketball, Cousins has a thick upper body and as the miles add up, his durability long term will undoubtedly come in question.
Cousins will not require surgery.
“He will not need surgery. DeMarcus, most likely, will not be back during the playoffs. You’re probably looking at a couple months’ recovery, so it’s unlikely. But Rick [Celebrini, Warriors director of sports medicine and performance] told me that there are occasions where that injury heals faster. So we’re leaving the door open, obviously,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
Newly reacquired Andrew Bogut and young big man Kevon Looney will be relied upon to replace Cousins’ minutes down the stretch.
“I knew I was coming in as an insurance policy, to an extent. A guy that could [fit] in straight away that knows the system offensively and defensively, knows the guys. … I definitely didn’t anticipate starting in the playoffs. But unfortunately you get a freak injury to DeMarcus and those are the circumstances we’re in,” said Bogut.
The Warriors will take on the Clippers in Game 3 tonight at the Staples Center.