Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins ahead of Kevin Durant in return from injury
Cousins suffered a torn left quad in Game 2 of the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers. Kerr says Cousins is ahead of Durant in terms of his ability to get out on the court and run, per Mark Medina of The Mercury News:
“He’s working really hard,” Kerr said. “He’s been in the training room religiously over the last month and now he’s getting out on the court. So he is ahead of Kevin [Durant] in terms his ability to get out on the court and run and really get a good basketball workout. He’s a big guy, so conditioning is tougher for big guys than guards. He’s got to continue to work on the stuff he’s doing.”
The Warriors are up 2-0 on the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. Neither Cousins nor Durant is expected to play in this series at this point.
Cousins played in 30 games during the regular season for the Warriors. The All-Star center missed the first 45 games recovering from the Achilles tear he suffered last season while he was with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Boogie averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in the regular season while shooting 48.0 percent from the floor, 27.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Warriors are hoping to get Cousins back sometime in the NBA Finals should they defeat the Blazers.
The same can be said for Durant, whose calf injury is apparently a bit more serious than initially thought.