Back on April 15, former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins fell to the floor with a non-contact left quad injury in Golden State’s opening-round Playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.
At the time, initial reports claimed that the injury was “serious” and there was “significant concern” that he tore it.
A little less than a month later, new reports surfaced that while the former Wildcat did indeed tear his quad, he was making incredible progress and that there was a chance he could return to action in the Western Conference Finals.
“DeMarcus Cousins — if he maintains his recent progress from a torn quad — is on course to make a return to the Warriors’ active roster during the Western Conference Finals,” Marc Stein of the New York Times reported.
While that was certainly a positive report for a player whose injury luck has been tough over the last year and a half, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr slowed down the hype of Boogie’s return this evening.
“DeMarcus is coming along, he’s starting to do some work on the floor” Kerr said. “He’s not exactly close to playing in a game, but he’s making good strides with his rehab.”
Here was the entire clip:
"He's not exactly close to playing in a game."
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 17, 2019
The Warriors PR department then released an official injury update on Cousins, saying that the former Wildcat has “progressed to on-court work, but is still not ready for live action.”
He will be re-evaluated again in one week.
Depending on what happens in Golden State’s current Western Conference Finals matchup with the Portland Trailblazers, it’s looking like Cousins will be returning to action for the NBA Finals.