Health Updates on Golden State Warriors Stars Ahead of NBA Finals
Nearly 48 hours away from the tip-off of the 2019 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors have officially provided a fair bit of information on the status of a couple of their injured player.
The defending champions fully expect Andre Iguodala to be back in the starting lineup after missing Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals due to calf tightness. Where things get rather strange is when the conversation shifts over to the Warriors two superstars in Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.
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DeMarcus Cousins, who tore his quadricep earlier in the playoffs has been practicing with the team and as of Monday, has already been able to participate in a couple of scrimmages. Deemed questionable for Game 1 on Thursday night, Cousins is said to be “healthy enough” to play, but there are questions surrounding his poor conditioning ahead of the series.
“It’s just about getting my body in shape, my quad muscle in shape and go through the different phases and ups and downs of the game,” Cousins said. “It has been a tough week. I’ve been working my tail off to get to this point. But I am healthy enough.”
On the Durant front, the superstar forward has already been ruled out of Game 1 and is listed as questionable for Game 2. Nevertheless, he is still traveling with the team to Toronto for the start of the Finals. Durant originally suffered what was classified as a calf strain in Game 5 of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs agains the Houston Rockets and has yet to fully practice with the team.
An injury that initially was deemed as minor has turned into something worse than the Warriors expected. The information surrounding the injury is clouded to say the least, but at this point, many believe Durant may not even play in the NBA Finals.
For the Toronto Raptors, everyone is expected to be ready to go outside of OG Anunoby. The sophomore forward, who underwent an emergency appendectomy prior to the start of the postseason, is expected to return to the floor within the next week or so.
Game 1 of the Finals will be played north of the border in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena.