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Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins active for Game 1 vs. Raptors

DeMarcus Cousins, Warriors

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins will be active for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. Head coach Steve Kerr said he has an idea of how much he will play, but would not disclosed how many minutes or his role in the upcoming game.

Cousins has been working on a return from a torn quad since first suffering the injury in the opening minutes of Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs, as he raced up court chasing a loose ball and injured himself within the first three minutes of action against the L.A. Clippers.

The 6-foot-11 big man has missed 14 playoff games since, but will make a somewhat miraculous return after most deemed him to have a season-ending injury.

Cousins has worked out since suffering the injury and recently practiced with the team during the past week, allowing him to be familiar with what the Warriors plan to run against a very different Raptors team.

It’s unknown to what extent Kerr plans to use Cousins, but he could either start and get the quick hook, or come off the bench, reinforcing the second unit headlined by Klay Thompson.

Regardless of his immediate role, having Cousins back gives the Warriors another weapon to unleash in the absence of Kevin Durant, as the bulky big man can prove useful against the likes of Marc Gasol, while becoming another useful rebounder and a post presence to unleash from time to time.