DeMarcus Cousins' quad injury 'pretty significant'; Warriors star to miss time

DeMarcus Cousins' quad injury 'pretty significant'; Warriors star to miss time

The Warriors received bad news Monday night when center DeMarcus Cousins exited with a left quad injury that coach Steve Kerr called "pretty significant" after his team's 135-131 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"He's going to be out ... I'll just say awhile, because I think it's unclear right now how long he'll be out," Kerr told reporters at Oracle Arena after Game 2 of the NBA playoff first-round series. "Yeah, it's serious."

That seems to confirms ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski's in-game report of the Warriors' fears.

Cousins suffered the injury early in the first quarter while chasing down a loose ball in the frontcourt. As he reached out for the ball, Cousins could be seen grimacing in pain. He immediately grabbed his upper left leg before heading to the locker room.

Cousins, of course, has been working his way back from a torn Achilles that he suffered in his left leg in January 2018. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game and will undergo an MRI within 24 hours.

Bob Myers identifies 'the best part' of Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors

Bob Myers identifies 'the best part' of Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors

Where would the Warriors be right now if they hadn't signed Andrew Bogut in March?

In light of DeMarcus Cousins tearing his quad in Game 2 of the NBA playoffs against the Clippers, Bogut's late addition is looking like a shrud move.

"He's a necessity right now," Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Greg Papa during Pregame Live on Wednesday night. "He's doing great." 

The move apparently was months in the making. According to Myers, the idea of bringing Bogut back from Australia was first floated in December.

"When Damian Jones got hurt, I got on the plane, I think I was on the trip or the next one, and whether it was Draymond or Kerr, somebody grabbed me and kinda said 'What about Bogut?'" Myers said. "And I said 'Yeah, he's an option.' And it's fascinating,because that decision, we can always find who to give credit to, but it was almost an organizational thing where the players were saying it, Kerr was open to it and our front office, obviously Larry Harris went out and saw him."

Bogut's first tenure with the Warriors ended following the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors signed Kevin Durant and needed to clear contracts to accommodate his money, so Bogut was sent to the Dallas Mavericks.

"The best part of it is, most of the time when you trade a player away, there's bitter feelings, right?" Myers said. "And he had every right to feel that way even though we were getting Durant. But he wanted to come back. And he had other opportunities."

In another trying season full of drama and free agency rumors, Myers appreciates the clear mind Bogut has brought to the Warriors.

"Just the kind of joy he's playing with has been great for us because he hasn't been through some of the rigmarole of the last few years," Myers said. "So he's coming in with a great attitude, which has been great for us."

[RELATED: Bogut responds to Embiid's comments]

So where would the Warriors be right now without Bogut? Probably starting Kevon Looney and playing Jordan Bell a lot more minutes than they'd prefer.

Yeah, we'd say the reunion with Bogut has worked out well for both sides.

NBA playoffs 2019: Rockets advance to second round, await Warriors


NBA playoffs 2019: Rockets advance to second round, await Warriors

The Houston Rockets have advanced in the NBA playoffs. It probably won't be long until the Warriors join them there.

The Rockets secured their trip to the second round with a 100-93 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 5 on Wednesday night. 

Golden State, much like Houston, entered Wednesday with a three-games-to-one series lead over their first-round opponent, the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors will attempt to match the Rockets and eliminate the Clippers in five games when they host Los Angeles in Game 5 at Oracle Arena later Wednesday night.

[RELATED: Dubs look beyond, not past, Clips as Rockets series looms]

Should the Warriors also advance to the second round to face Houston, it would represent a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals, in which Golden State prevailed in seven games.