In Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals DeMarcus Cousins logged 3 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 8 minutes of playing time.
The former Kentucky star is trying to regain confidence following a partially torn quad that left him sidelined for six-weeks. The fact that Cousins is healthy enough to play at all is a surprise in itself, at 6-foot-11, 280-pounds, recovering from an injury like that in six-weeks is quite impressive.
A free agent at the end of the season, Cousins easily could have shut it down and focused on getting healthy for next year. “Once I started feeling better and I could actually walk a little bit, I got back to work,” Cousins said. “There wasn’t a guarantee, but I just told myself I would work and give myself a chance and things worked out for me.”
Cousins never considered shutting it down as he came to Golden State with the goal of contributing to a championship.
He is fully aware that he may be putting his long-term future at risk, but insists that, “I’m not really concerned with that, if I get an opportunity to play, I’m going to put it all out there.”
The role that Cousins may play in this series is unclear as it will take a few games to truly feel comfortable following the injury. With Marc Gasol making a big impact in Game 1, Cousins could be in line for extended playing time in Game 2.
At 28 years old, Cousins will not allow adversity to deter him, no matter the circumstance.