Warriors coach Steve Kerr says ‘it’d be great’ to have DeMarcus Cousins reprise starting center role in NBA Finals
The Golden State Warriors are hopeful that they get DeMarcus Cousins back in the NBA Finals. Head coach Steve Kerr even said he hopes to have Boogie as the team’s starting center if he’s available to play; he told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami.
“It’d be great. But there’s a lot of factors. He’s gotta be ready, he’s gotta feel good conditioning-wise. I have no idea at this point. We haven’t even met as a staff because we don’t have an opponent yet. So I’m not sure who’ll start. We know we have a lot of options.”
Cousins has been out since the first round of the playoffs because of a thigh injury. Initial reports ruled him out for the rest of the postseason, but there is now a belief that he could return in the Finals when the Warriors face either the Milwaukee Bucks or the Toronto Raptors.
The Warriors are also optimistic about the return of Kevin Durant, who has been sidelined since Game 5 of the Western Conference semi-finals because of a calf strain.
Golden State, who is gunning for their third straight title, would want to be at full strength when they play in the NBA Finals, but they’re also willing to make the necessary adjustments depending on who’s available on the roster.
The Warriors have survived the conference finals without two of their best players, but they do not want to take their chances in the grandest stage. If they can have both Cousins and Durant back at 100 percent, then they will surely utilize them in the best possible ways.