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Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins on course for Western Conference Finals return

Sunday 12 May 2019 08:25, UK

DeMarcus Cousins on the ground during the Warriors' clash with Clippers
Image: DeMarcus Cousins on the ground during the Warriors' clash with Clippers

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is "on course" to return from a partially torn quadriceps muscle sometime during the Western Conference Finals.

Cousins has started taking part in light shooting drills after tearing the quad muscle in his left leg in Game 2 of the first round of the play-offs against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15.

Although the injury did not require surgery, the Warriors announced Cousins would be sidelined indefinitely and would begin rehabilitation immediately.

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"For me, my goal is I ain't planning on sitting," Cousins told The Undefeated. "I was confident from the beginning once they told me the severity of it.

"Talking to the doctors helped me understand the injury a little more. I started analysing things and playing it out in my head. I'm going to take it day by day and work my (tail) off like I always do."

The six-time All-Star only made his Warriors' debut on January 18 against the Clippers - almost a year after rupturing his left Achilles tendon playing for the New Orleans Pelicans against the Houston Rockets back in January 2018.

The latest injury was sustained while trying to run down a loose ball 3 1/2 minutes into the Warriors' eventual 135-131 loss to the Clippers last month.

DeMarcus Cousins goes down after injuring his left quad in Game 2 of Round One against the LA Clippers during the 2019 NBA Playoffs
Image: DeMarcus Cousins goes down after injuring his left quad in Game 2 of Round One against the LA Clippers during the 2019 NBA Playoffs

On his run of injury misfortune, Cousins added: " It's definitely some type of bad movie. But I think it will have a very nice ending. Just wait for it.

"Obviously, I was (a) little more relieved that it wasn't anything catastrophic like I've dealt with before.

"It sucks to be injured anyway on top of that. The timing of it really (messed) me up the most. It's a part of this game, man. I'm not the first. I won't be the last."