Kerr says Cousins ‘unlikely’ to return this season

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is ‘unlikely’ to return during the postseason after tearing his left quad during Monday’s Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

“He will not need surgery,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after Wednesday’s practice. “DeMarcus, most likely, will not be back during the playoffs. You’re probably looking at a couple months’ recovery, so it’s unlikely. But [Warriors Director of Sports Medicine and Performance] Rick [Celebrini] told me that there are occasions where that injury heals faster. So we’re leaving the door open, obviously.”

Like the rest of the Warriors players and staff members, Kerr is just disappointed that Cousins will not be able to continue playing after all the work he put in to come back from a left Achilles injury. Cousins, who signed a one year $5.3 million dollar deal with the Warriors last season, missed almost a year of action after suffering the Achilles injury as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. Now, he faces several more months of rehab to come back from his latest setback.

“More than anything, I’m just crushed for DeMarcus,” Kerr said. “He’s been waiting his whole career for this; and 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.”

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