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DeMarcus Cousins out indefinitely amid playoffs after muscle tear

/ 02:43 PM April 17, 2019
DeMarcus Cousins

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins reacts after falling to the floor during the first half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins faces an indefinite injury layoff after suffering a torn quadriceps muscle in the NBA champions’ defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers, it was confirmed Tuesday.

Cousins exited Monday’s game-two loss in the first quarter clutching his left quad. An MRI scan on Tuesday confirmed a torn muscle.

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“The injury will sideline Cousins indefinitely and he will begin rehabilitation immediately,” a Warriors statement said. “Updates on his progress will be provided as appropriate.”

US media reports Tuesday said the injury is likely to have ended Cousins’ season.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Monday said the injury was “significant” and expected Cousins to be out “for a while”.

Cousins exit came with the Warriors leading 11-9 in Monday’s game.

The 28-year-old collapsed to the court and failed to get up after he lunged for a loose ball.

The Warriors later suffered a stunning defeat, blowing a 31-point lead as the Clippers completed the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history to win 135-131 and level the series 1-1.

Game three in the series takes place in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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