Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins visibly limped to the locker room in the first quarter of Game 2 of the Dubs’ NBA Western Conference first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Warriors’ playoff journey was the very part of the season DeMarcus Cousins looked forward to the most. Cousins spent the first half of the season getting healthy so that he could join the Warriors on the court in live game action during the second half of the regular season. Cousins used that period of time to get into proper playing shape for the playoffs and his chance to win a first NBA championship.

Now, questions and uncertainties surround that journey for Cousins:

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The anxiety felt by Cousins is one acutely urgent part of this story. More reports in the coming 24 hours will certainly provide more context on the depth of the situation for Cousins, and how profoundly this injury will affect his playoff prospects.

The urgent aspect of this situation from the Warriors’ perspective is that Golden State might play the Houston Rockets in the second round of the playoffs, not the Western Conference Finals. Any injury timetable in the neighborhood of two to three weeks would mean that Cousins will miss at least some time in the Houston series. If the Rockets had been the third or second seed in the West, the Warriors wouldn’t have needed to worry about that kind of timetable. Supreme drama will be attached to any proclamation about Cousins’ long-term health status this spring. This now becomes a central storyline and tension point in the 2019 NBA Playoffs.

More details will be forthcoming, as ClutchPoints’ Tomer Azarly reports from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.