Warriors News: DeMarcus Cousins Expects to Return This Season from Quad Injury

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2019

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins reacts after falling to the floor during the first half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Despite suffering a partially torn quadriceps muscle in the first round of the playoffs, Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins isn't ruling out a return to the court this postseason.

"For me, my goal is I ain't planning on sitting," Cousins said, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "I don't know the reality of it. But for me, that is not what I'm planning on doing... It's definitely some type of bad movie. But I think it will have a very nice ending. Just wait for it."

Head coach Steve Kerr also provided some hope for a possible return before the end of the year.

"He's coming along pretty well," Kerr said of Cousins on Sunday. "We'll just have to wait and see."

The veteran has been working out with the team over the past few days while showing he can at least move around and shoot:

Still, he appears to be a ways off from playing at full speed and taking on contact.

Cousins' return could also depend on how far the Warriors advance in the playoffs. While they've won the last two titles and are favorites to win a third, there is no guarantee they will even advance beyond this round.

Golden State currently has a 2-1 lead over the Houston Rockets in the second-round series.

Despite the long odds, it's understandable for Cousins to want to return as soon as possible.

The 28-year-old was competing in only his second career playoff game before getting injured, ruining his chance to finally play on this stage. He is also coming off a torn Achilles that cost him roughly a year of action, although his quad injury isn't nearly as severe.

"Obviously, I was little more relieved that it wasn't anything catastrophic like I've dealt with before," he said about his injury.

If Cousins does return, he would finally have a chance to play for a title while also removing health question marks going into free agency for the second year in a row. Additionally, he could provide the Warriors with some valuable post depth they've been missing for the past few weeks.

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