OAKLAND, California – Golden State Warriors Center DeMarcus Cousins is expected to miss the rest of the after-season with a significant left quadriceps injury, but there is weak optimism that he may be able to return to the NBA finals, said league sources for Yahoo Sports.
But the warriors, sources said, are mentally preparing for the worst: a torn quad diagnostic and a post-season run without cousins.
<p class = "canvas-atom canvas text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "" There is quite a considerable quad damage, " said coach Steve Kerr after Warriors & # 39; Game 2 collapse & nbsp; in their first round series against Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. "We get an MR [Tuesday]. But he is going to be out … I just want to say a while because I think it is unclear right now how long he is out. It is important. Data Reaction = "19"> "There is quite a significant quad damage," coach Steve Kerr said after the Warriors Game 2 collapse in their first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. I get an MRI [Tuesday]. But he's going to be out … I just want to say a while because I think it's unclear right now how long he'll be out. It is significant. "
Cousins sustained the damage in the first quarter when he pursued a loose ball and his left leg issued after getting a hand on the ball. The 6-foot-10 center immediately took his left quadriceps and asked to be pulled from the game.
He denied help to the closet by hol comrades and went out of their own to be examined with cameras that caught what seemed to be a noticeable damage to his quad.
The warrior's great man is only a few months away from returning from a left Achilles tear that sidelined him for a year and for the first time in his nine NBA seasons he experienced his first taste of a long playoff round.  "It's hard, surely," said Stephen Curry. "You feel for him, considering what he's been through last year. This is a great stage, the playoffs. He's been looking forward to this. I don't know the extent of the damage at this time. Hope he comes back sooner than later. Just man for man, as far as he is concerned, what he's been through, it's probably safe. There is no sugar coating at all. You hate to see this opportunity again at this great stage away from him like that. "
Cousins who Average 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 matches of the season face another major blow that could end their season for the second time
But the warriors also have other problems.
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"You just love this group," Clipper's coach Doc Rivers said. "They don't give in."
And in a sure sign of frustration with the way the game appeared, Kevin Durant and the Draymond Green left the arena without addressing the media.
It was Warriors first playoff defeat in the shot clock time, where they led with 15 or more points in half hour. And according to Elias Sports Bureau, Clippers became the second team in the NBA story to track with 23 or more points in half and win.
"We're some tough guys," Clipper's owner Steve Ballmer told Yahoo Sports after the win. "Physically and mentally, we are some tough guys. Damn, I love our guys."
With Clipper's physical character, a team that does not have an All Star on the roster, it would not be necessary for the warriors to pull it out series.
Patrick Beverley continues to be physically with Durant, delivering body beats from his head and elbows while denying him the ball. And Durant took a couple of hard screens, one from JaMychal Green, who stuck him and had him bent in pain for a few seconds.
Taking a pounding in an extended first round series is not ideal for a championship favorite. 19659021] Montrezl Harrell, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds from the bench to Clippers, pulled out his JBL Pill speaker after the game in the closet and played "Clean Up Man" by Houston's own Willie D.
It were all smiling and tall from the team on Monday.
"We're definitely a team that doesn't stop," said Harrell, as he sat on the podium next to Lou Williams, who had a game-high 36 point and 11 assists. "We compete and play hard all four quarters. I think we did that tonight. When we came down big, we didn't hang our heads. We just turned it up at the defensive end, removed the things we were going to do, made it hard. just continued to run the offense, continued to play. "
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