The best-case scenario could still be a strained quad, but there was evidence that Cousins’ noncontact injury pursuing a loose ball in Monday night’s 135-131 Game 2 loss to the LA Clippers was serious and season-ending, league sources said.
Cousins missed a full year of play with a torn left Achilles suffered in New Orleans a year ago. He signed a one-year deal with the Warriors, expecting that a healthy return to play would catapult him back into the free-agent market this summer.
Cousins had shown steady progress and glimpses of his past All-NBA self prior to Monday night’s injury, but now he could be facing several more months of rehab on the quad.
The injury occurred with 8:30 left in the first quarter after Cousins knocked away a pass from Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari. As he tried to chase down the pass, Cousins fell to the floor before he could control the ball.
Cousins tried to get up and keep going, but once he rose to his feet, he immediately called to be taken out of the game.
Cousins then gingerly made his way back to the Warriors’ locker room with team medical personnel.
ESPN’s Nick Friedell contributed to this report.