The news gets worse for the Golden State Warriors. Not only did they blow a 31-point lead to the LA Clippers, their star center, DeMarcus Cousins has a torn left quadriceps. He will be out for an extended amount of time and will begin rehabilitation immediately, the team said Tuesday. An MRI confirmed the tear.
Cousins’ noncontact injury occurred while pursuing a 50/50 ball with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter on Monday’s to the LA Clippers in Game 2 of their playoff series.
“He knocked away a pass from Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari. As Cousins tried to chase down the ball, he fell to the floor. He 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.”
Teammates Kevin Looney, Andrew Bogut, and Jordan Bell will platoon as Cousins backup during his absence – potentially all playoffs.