DeMarcus Cousins might be out for the rest of the season after struggling a severe leg damage on Monday evening.
The Golden State Warriors middle fell to the ground with 8:30 left within the first quarter of Game 2 of the primary spherical playoff sequence in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers, regardless of not making contact with anybody.
He then rose to his ft and tried to proceed however the seriousness of the damage grew to become instantly obvious as he signalled to the Warriors bench to be taken out of the sport.
Speaking after the sport, Golden State coach Steve Kerr advised the group feared Cousins had torn his left quad. “There’s a pretty significant quad injury […] he’s going to be out for a while,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN.
Cousins will go bear an MRI scan on Tuesday to evaluate the extent of the damage. If the Warriors’ worst fears are confirmed, Cousins will in all probability be out for the rest of the season.
It could be a significant blow for the 28-year-old, who missed 12 months after tearing his left Achilles in January final 12 months whereas taking part in for the New Orleans Pelicans. The four-time All-Star signed a one-year take care of the Warriors in July and on January 18 he made his first NBA look since his damage.
The fifth general decide of the 2010 draft has proven glimpses of his expertise since getting back from damage, averaging 16.three factors, 8.2 rebounds and three.6 assists per sport.
LeBron James, who suffered a severe groin damage that pressured him to overlook 17 video games in the course of the common season, was among the many first NBA gamers to ship his finest needs to Cousins.
Without their All-Star middle, Golden State slumped to an sudden house 135-131 loss, because the Clippers accomplished the biggest comeback in NBA playoffs historical past.
Down by 23 factors at halftime, the Clippers discovered themselves trailing by 31 at one stage in the course of the third quarter however rallied to shock the defending champions and stun followers on the Oracle Arena.
Lou Williams was instrumental for Los Angeles, coming off the bench to attain 36 factors and dish out 11 assists in 33 minutes. The Clippers’ guard was not the one substitute to ship when referred to as upon, as Montrezl Harrell added 25 factors and 10 rebounds.
The Clippers’ bench outscored the starters 83-52 and Doc Rivers praised his group’s resilience. “We modified a pair issues offensively and defensively within the third on the fly,” the Clippers head coach instructed the Associated Press.
“It labored out for us. But I believed it was our spirit greater than something. Just each single man. I liked the top of the sport.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, in the meantime, admitted his gamers had solely themselves accountable. “We stopped taking part in, like protection, offense, execution-wise we weren’t as engaged as we wanted to be,” he said. “We received precisely what we deserved. The Clippers have been nice. They executed, they have been hungry, they stayed related. They have been collectively.”
DeMarcus Cousins, #zero of the Golden State Warriors falls to the group after injuring himself in opposition to the LA Clippers throughout Game Two of the primary spherical of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 15, in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images