The best-case scenario could be a strained quad, but there was evidence that Cousins’ noncontact injury, which occurred while he was pursuing a loose ball in Monday’s 135-131 Game 2 loss to the LA Clippers, was serious and season-ending, league sources said.
“There’s a pretty significant quad injury … he’s going to be out for a while,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the Clippers evened the first-round playoff series at one game apiece.
Cousins missed a full year of play with a torn left Achilles suffered a year ago in New Orleans. He signed a one-year deal with the Warriors, expecting that a healthy return to play would catapult him back into the free-agent market this summer.
Cousins had shown steady progress and glimpses of his All-NBA self prior to Monday’s injury, but now he could be facing several more months of rehab on the quad.
Klay Thompson wishes DeMarcus Cousins a “speedy recovery” after his leg injury and explains why the Warriors need him to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The injury occurred with 8:30 left in the first quarter after Cousins knocked away a pass from Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari. As he tried to chase down the ball, he fell to the floor before he could control the ball.
Cousins tried to get up and keep going, but once he rose to his feet, he immediately called to be taken out of the game. He then gingerly made his way back to the Warriors’ locker room with team medical personnel.
ESPN’s Nick Friedell contributed to this report.