Warriors coach Steve Kerr isn’t willing to rule out the possibility of DeMarcus Cousins returning at some point during the playoffs.
Cousins has been recovering from a torn left quadriceps muscles, which he suffered in the Warriors’ first-round series against the Clippers. He began his rehab program earlier this month, and Kerr initially said it’s “highly unlikely” the 28-year-old center would return during the postseason.
However, Kerr provided an update Sunday on Cousins and he revealed there’s a good chance the big man will be able to return as the Warriors make a run at another championship.
“He’s coming along pretty well and so we’ll just wait and see,” Kerr told reporters. “He’s had just normal progression from the injury.”
Steve Kerr said it’s possible DeMarcus Cousins (quad) and Damian Jones (pectoral muscle) could return in the playoffs. Jones will be cleated for contact work I’m coming days: pic.twitter.com/aNt5aV9O9B
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Cousins, who finished the regular season averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game, suffered the injury when he fell chasing down a loose ball on a fast break in the first quarter of Golden State’s Game 2 matchup with Los Angeles.
“More than anything, I’m just crushed for DeMarcus,” Kerr said right after the injury happened. “He’s been waiting his whole career for this. Then, the second game, he goes down after putting all that work in to recover from the Achilles. And he’s had a great season for us. He’s really come along the last month or so. I just feel bad for him.”
Kerr also said center Damian Jones is expected to be cleared for contact next week and it’s possible Jones could be back in the lineup soon. Jones hasn’t played since suffering a torn pectoral in December.
The Warriors eliminated the Clippers in six games and won their first two matchups against the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals. However, they lost Game 3 in overtime. Houston and Golden State will meet in Game 4 on Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET.