Warriors preparing for postseason life minus Cousins

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins appears highly likely to miss the rest of the Western Conference playoffs.

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn left quadriceps and will be out indefinitely, the two-time defending champions announced in a news release.

“The Warriors are preparing for the possibility of playing the rest of the playoffs without Cousins, who won’t undergo surgery,” Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing a source. “Although Golden State’s season could last another two months if it reaches its fifth straight NBA Finals, it will be cautious bringing back Cousins, given his injury history.”

Cousins suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Warriors’ loss in Game 2 of their Western Conference playoff series vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.

Multiple reports, including the first from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, indicated that Cousins is likely out for the entire postseason — or at least until the Finals.

The Warriors blew the largest lead in postseason history, losing despite leading by 31 points. The series is tied at 1-all, with Game 3 scheduled for Thursday in Los Angeles.

“Cousins, who spent the first half of the 2018/19 season recovering from his Achilles injury, averaged an impressive 16.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, and 1.5 BPG in 30 games (25.7 MPG) for the Warriors, positioning himself for a more lucrative contract than his current one-year, $5.34MM deal,” Luke Adams of HoopsRumors wrote. “Faced with another major injury though, he may have to take a second consecutive one-year, prove-it contract this summer in the hopes of once again rebuilding his value.”