Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has a torn left quadriceps, is out for an indefinite period and will begin rehabilitation immediately, the team said Tuesday.
An MRI on Tuesday morning confirmed the tear, the team said. The team said it would provide updates on Cousins “as appropriate.”
Cousins’ noncontact injury occurred while he was pursuing a loose ball with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter of Monday’s 135-131 loss to the LA Clippers in Game 2 of their playoff series.
He knocked away a pass from Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari. As Cousins tried to chase down the ball, he fell to the floor. He tried to get up and keep going, but once he rose to his feet, he immediately called to be taken out of the game. He then gingerly made his way back to the Warriors’ locker room with team medical personnel.
Cousins returned in January after missing almost a full year of play with a torn left Achilles tendon suffered last season, when he played for New Orleans. He signed a one-year deal with the Warriors, expecting that a healthy return to play would catapult him back into the free-agent market this summer.
Game 3 of the series, which is tied 1-1, is Thursday night in Los Angeles.