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When Will DeMarcus Cousins Return? Warriors Star Suffers Serious Injury in Loss Vs. Los Angeles Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins could be out for the remainder of the season after suffering a serious leg injury on Monday night.

The Golden State Warriors center fell to the floor with 8:30 left in the first quarter of Game 2 of the first round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, despite not making contact with anyone.

He then rose to his feet and tried to continue but the seriousness of the injury became immediately apparent as he signalled to the Warriors bench to be taken out of the game.

Speaking after the game, Golden State coach Steve Kerr suggested the team feared Cousins had torn his left quad. "There's a pretty significant quad injury [...] he's going to be out for a while," he was quoted as saying by ESPN.

Cousins will go undergo an MRI scan on Tuesday to assess the extent of the injury. If the Warriors’ worst fears are confirmed, Cousins will in all likelihood be out for the remainder of the season.

It would be a major blow for the 28-year-old, who missed 12 months after tearing his left Achilles in January last year while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. The four-time All-Star signed a one-year deal with the Warriors in July and on January 18 he made his first NBA appearance since his injury.

The fifth overall pick of the 2010 draft has shown glimpses of his talent since returning from injury, averaging 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

LeBron James, who suffered a serious groin injury that forced him to miss 17 games during the regular season, was among the first NBA players to send his best wishes to Cousins.

Without their All-Star center, Golden State slumped to an unexpected home 135-131 loss, as the Clippers completed the largest comeback in NBA playoffs history.

Down by 23 points at halftime, the Clippers found themselves trailing by 31 at one stage during the third quarter but rallied to shock the defending champions and stun fans at the Oracle Arena.

Lou Williams was instrumental for Los Angeles, coming off the bench to score 36 points and dish out 11 assists in 33 minutes. The Clippers' guard was not the only substitute to deliver when called upon, as Montrezl Harrell added 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The Clippers’ bench outscored the starters 83-52 and Doc Rivers praised his team’s resilience. "We changed a couple things offensively and defensively in the third on the fly,” the Clippers head coach told the Associated Press.

“It worked out for us. But I thought it was our spirit more than anything. Just every single guy. I loved the end of the game."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, meanwhile, admitted his players had only themselves to blame. “We stopped playing, like defense, offense, execution-wise we were not as engaged as we needed to be," he said. "We got exactly what we deserved. The Clippers were great. They executed, they were hungry, they stayed connected. They were together."

DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors DeMarcus Cousins, #0 of the Golden State Warriors falls to the crowd after injuring himself against the LA Clippers during Game Two of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 15, in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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