SportsPulse: After the debacle and drama of Game 1, the 76ers bounced back with a record-setting night. USA TODAY Sports’ AJ Neuharth-Keusch breaks it all down.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says star big man DeMarcus Cousins is going to be out “a while” with a “pretty significant quad injury.”
Cousins, a four-time All-Star, went down early in the first quarter of the Warriors’ Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night as he was chasing down a loose ball. He immediately grabbed his left leg and exited for the locker room. The Warriors cruised for the next three quarters before the Clippers staged a 31-point comeback victory — the largest in playoff history.
Cousins will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, but nonetheless, it’s a devastating blow to a player who spent the majority of the season working his way back from a torn left Achilles he suffered in January 2018 while with the New Orleans Pelicans.
This was just the second playoff game of Cousins’ nine-year career, and he’s on track to become a free agent this summer.
“We’ll rally behind him, tell him it’s far from the end of the world and tell him he has so much great basketball ahead of him,” Klay Thompson said after the game. “He believes that. It sucks. Injuries are part of the game, a terrible part of the game. But he’ll bounce back. I know he will. He’s a fighter.”
As for the Warriors, they have proven they can win without Cousins. They went 31-14 before he made his debut this season, and they of course won three championships in four years before his arrival. But he adds another dimension to their offense with his dominant low-post presence along with his ability to hit shots from the perimeter, and they’ll certainly miss him if he can’t return this postseason.
“We miss his low-post dominance, we’re going to miss that of course,” Thompson said. “We’re going to miss his screen setting and just his energy out there. I’m hoping for a speedy recovery, because we really need him if we want to make this run.”
Should Cousins miss significant time, the Warriors will likely turn to a combination of Andrew Bogut, who they signed in March, and Kevon Looney, though neither bring nearly as much as Cousins on the offensive end of the floor.
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