Cousins says he's questionable for Game 1
NBA.com Global on May 30, 2019 07:44 AM
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 2: DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors dunks over Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
When it comes to DeMarcus Cousins' status for Game 1 of The Finals, whether or not he'll play may depend on who you ask.
Cousins, the Golden State Warriors' center who has been out since April 15 (April 16, PHL time) with a torn quadriceps muscle, told reporters Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) he remains questionable for Game 1 on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters that no decision has been made on Cousins' status.
"He's pain-free, so it's really more a matter of rhythym, timing, conditioning, all those things," Kerr said, per Marcus White of NBC Sports Bay Area. "I think I mentioned the other day, if this were the regular season, I'd throw him out there and he'd play whatever minutes he could tolerate and we'd build him up from there. It's not the regular season, it's The Finals.
"We have to figure out what's the best way to utilize him. ... Some of that will be determined by what's happening in the game, and the other stuff is just internal with our staff."
DeMarcus Cousins says his official status is questionable for Game 1.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 29, 2019
Steve Kerr said it hasn’t been decided if DeMarcus Cousins will be active for Game 1— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 29, 2019
When asked if it would be up to him to play in Game 1, Cousins evaded that question and said, "it was never up to me." But, per multiple reports, he sounded like a player who wants to suit up for The Finals when it begins.
Cousins -- in his first career postseason -- scrimmaged Saturday and again Monday (Sunday and Tuesday, PHL time), a sign of progress he is closer to being ready.
"I feel better each and every day. That's my whole goal, to make sure I get better with each day that comes," Cousins said last week. "Hopefully, that opportunity comes, and I'm able to get on the floor and help my teammates and try to help them win a championship."
Warriors star forward Kevin Durant traveled with the team to Toronto, but will not play in Game 1. Kerr said Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) that Durant must ramp up his individual court work over the next few days to determine his status for Game 2.
Durant, the two-time reigning Finals MVP who has missed the past five games since getting hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, has already been ruled out for Game 1 with a strained right calf.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.