Kerr says Cousins still on track to debut vs Clippers

NBA.com Global on Jan 16, 2019 08:01 AM
Kerr says Cousins still on track to debut vs Clippers
FILE - Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins, left, smiles while posing for photos for a news photographer during media day at the NBA basketball team's practice facility in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

NBA.com staff report

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins continues to put the finishing touches on his lengthy recovery from a torn left Achilles tendon.

Last week, reports circulated that Cousins was targeting Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) road game against the LA Clippers as his return date. After Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) shootaround, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters that Cousins remains on track to suit up for that game.

Kerr said last week that Cousins will start immediately when he makes his long-awaited Warriors debut. There was some thought that Cousins could suit up Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) against the New Orleans Pelicans -- which is Cousins' former team -- but that seems unlikely now.

Golden State's coaching staff has spent the past couple of weeks more intensely planning for Cousins' return and how he will be incorporated into different rotations throughout games, while also holding regular discussions with Cousins about the plan.

"It's a relief. It's been a long year for me, a lot of ups and downs," Cousins said after practice last week. "But the finish line is ahead and I'm extremely excited to be back on the floor.

The big man has made significant strides with his condition in recent scrimmages, showing Kerr and the Warriors medical staff he is nearly ready to play in games again.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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