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Warriors confirm DeMarcus Cousins has torn left quad, out indefinitely

Warriors confirm DeMarcus Cousins has torn left quad, out indefinitely

The Warriors' worst fears after DeMarcus Cousins' Game 2 tumble came true.

Cousins has been diagnosed with a torn left quad and is out indefinitely, the Warriors announced Tuesday afternoon. He will begin rehabbing immediately.

Earlier Tuesday, Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported that Cousins is "expected to miss" the remainder of the NBA playoffs. Haynes added, however, that there's "faint optimism" the Warriors' starting center could return for the NBA Finals, should the team advance that far.

Now the Warriors must lean on Kevon Looney, Andrew Bogut and Jordan Bell at center in their NBA playoff first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Looney, in particular, has played well, with a plus-31 in the first two playoffs. He finished Game 2 with a career-high 19 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes.

Bogut and Bell likely would be more limited. Bogut hasn't played more than 24 minutes in a game for the Warriors since rejoining the team from Australia, and he has logged 19 total minutes of playing time in the two games against the Clippers. Bell has played even less in the playoffs, with five total minutes. He played 20 or more minutes in just seven of the 68 regular-season games in which he saw action.

Needless to say, none of those three has the credentials of Cousins, a four-time NBA All-Star who averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 30 regular-season games with the Warriors after returning from his torn Achilles.

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Cousins' comeback story cruelly ended early in the first quarter Monday, when he reached out for a loose ball, then grimaced in pain as he fell to the court and immediately grabbed his upper left leg. He went to the locker room, and the Warriors quickly ruled him out for the game.

Cousins tore the Achilles in the same leg in January 2018, while playing with the New Orleans Pelicans. He signed a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Warriors, in the hopes of winning a championship and then cashing in for a bigger deal, but his latest injury puts his future in doubt.

The Warriors must shake both the emotions of Cousins' injury and the NBA-record 31-point lead they squandered in a Game 2 loss that evened their best-of-seven series with the Clippers at one apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for Thursday night in LA.

Warriors vs. Grizzlies live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. Grizzlies live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

The Warriors left the Windy City with a win Friday, and they return home to Chase Center on Monday in search of another. 

Golden State (5-19) hosts Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies (6-16). Morant, the No. 2 pick in June's NBA draft, is expected to play tonight after missing his last four games with back soreness. 

The 20-year-old has impressed in his first NBA season, averaging 18.2 points, 7.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. The Warriors contained the talented rookie in his first game against Golden State, holding him to 20 points on just 7-of-20 shooting from the field in a 114-95 win. 

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Here's how to watch Monday's Warriors-Grizzlies game. 

When: Monday Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. PT -- pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams App

Draymond Green has an ambitious plan for rookie forward Eric Paschall

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Draymond Green has an ambitious plan for rookie forward Eric Paschall

SAN FRANCISCO – With the top two Rookie of Year candidates on opposite sides Monday night when the Warriors face the Grizzlies, Draymond Green has an idea that would give his teammate an edge.

At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Eric Paschall needed only one-quarter of the season to show he can handle the role of being an “undersize” power forward but also be effective as a small forward.

Paschall’s production as a rookie is comparable to that of Memphis’ Ja Morant, a 6-2, 175-pound point guard.

Green believes Paschall’s mentality can go beyond a mere two positions.

“One thing I’ve been trying to get him to do is learn all the positions,” Green said Monday after shootaround. “When you can learn all five positions, it just helps you create more value.”

Learning the roles of all five positions, unlike being able to play them all, provides a deeper glimpse into the team dynamic. As a point guard, it’s Morant’s responsibility.

For a forward, however, a full understanding of every position is what can separate the good from the very good, and the very good from the extraordinary.

“For a player like E, at such an early point in his career, if he can master learning all five positions, with his versatility, that just continues to add to the value that he’s creating for himself,” Green said.

Green’s goal is do his part to tutor Paschall in hopes the rookie ultimately becomes a better version of himself. Paschall has a superior knack for scoring, but he trails Green’s innate ability in such areas as playmaking and rebounding,

Moreover, it is unlikely Paschall will ever play all-around defense at Draymond’s elite level.

Paschall ranks second among rookies in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game. Morant, at 18.6 per game, leads all rookie scorers. Paschall is shooting 50.7 percent from the field, while Morant is at 45.7. Paschall has the edge in rebounding (5.3 to 3.2), with Morant leading in assists (6.4 to 1.8).

What’s most notable about comparing the two in the ROY race is expectations. Morant was chosen No. 2 overall. Paschall was the 41th player selected.

They are the frontrunners for the award, with Miami’s Kendrick Nunn close behind. Preseason favorite Zion Williamson is rehabbing after knee surgery and has missed the first seven weeks.