Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins 'most likely' won't return for NBA playoffs

Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins 'most likely' won't return for NBA playoffs

Steve Kerr said the Warriors aren't expecting injured center DeMarcus Cousins to return in the NBA playoffs. 

"He will not need surgery," the coach told reporters Wednesday in Oakland. "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."

Cousins tore his left quadriceps minutes into a Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. It was just the 28-year-old's second postseason game. Should he miss the remainder of the Warriors' playoff run, it will be the second straight year in which an injury to Cousins' left leg cut his season short. 

In January 2018, Cousins ruptured his left Achilles tendon while diving for a loose ball. As a result, Cousins missed out on making his playoff debut with the New Orleans Pelicans that spring, and on a sizable payday in free agency.

Before signing a one-year Warriors deal worth the taxpayer's mid-level exception ($5.3 million) after he said he did not receive any significant offers in free agency. Cousins appeared destined for a super-max contract before the Achilles injury, and he was in the middle of what likely would have been an All-NBA season.

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Cousins missed the first 45 games of the 2018-19 season as he worked his way back from the injury, and made his Warriors debut on Jan. 18, 2019, against the Clippers. He had an up-and-down 30 games in the regular season, but he averaged 17.3 points (on 51 percent shooting), 8.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game from March 1 onward. 

"More than anything, I'm just crushed for DeMarcus," Kerr said Wednesday. "He's been waiting his whole career for [the playoffs], 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."

In the meantime, Kerr said Andrew Bogut will start at center in Game 3, while Kevon Looney continues to come off the bench.

The Warriors went 31-14 in their first 45 games without Cousins, and they'll hope for similar form through the remainder of the playoffs. 

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala. DeMarcus Cousins. Shaun Livingston.

What do they have in common? None of them play for the Warriors anymore.

Klay Thompson is expected to miss a large portion of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL.

Combine all of this with the fact the Western Conference is insanely loaded, and you got people who believe the Dubs will either struggle to make the playoffs or miss the postseason altogether.

Steph Curry played in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and had the following interaction with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:

The break in the action on the 16th hole was coming to an end. Curry’s turn was near, leaving time for one final question.

Are the Warriors making the playoffs?

He was almost through the word “facts” when he realized it was a question and not a statement. Suddenly, his calm expression disappeared. His face scrunched and his voice elevated above a whisper, adding a shriek for emphasis.

“What?!” he said, playfully agitated by the sheer audacity of the question. “What?!”

The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight years. They've appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three titles.

Curry is a two-time MVP and is on the short list of best players in the NBA. Draymond Green is incredible and always will be underrated.

Golden State added 23-year old D'Angelo Russell, who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season en route to making his first All-Star Game.

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Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers still are onboard. 

Be careful doubting the Dubs.

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15


NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

Who is the best player in the NBA?

If you asked five different people, you might get five different answers.  But where's the fun in that?

Enter the NBA2K video game series. 

The ratings for the top 20 players in the new NBA2K20 game were unveiled Monday, and while it's hard to argue with the players that were included, there's naturally plenty of controversy regarding their respective rankings.

For instance, Warriors fans might feel like Steph Curry belongs in the top five. NBA2K20 disagrees. 

Curry came in as the No. 6 ranked players in NBA2K20 with an overall rating of 95, just behind Houston's James Harden and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant (both 96 overall). 

Rounding out the top three: reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounpo (96 overall), reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (97 overall), and finally, the Lakers' LeBron James (97 overall).

Just like his fellow backcourt mate, one could make the case Golden State's Klay Thompson is underrated as well. With an overall rating of 89, Thompson comes in at No. 14 in the player rankings.

While you can quibble with the Splash Brothers' overall rankings, you can't when it comes to their specialized skill sets. Out of all the players in NBA2K20, Curry and Thompson are ranked as the two best 3-point shooters, respectively. Curry has the maximum 3-point shooting rating possible (99), while Thompson isn't far behind at 97. 

Now, the most pressing NBA2K20 ratings question remaining: Where the heck is Draymond Green?