Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins available for NBA Finals Game 1

first_imgThe Warriors originally thought Cousins’ quad injury would be season-ending. He got hurt on April 15.Kerr said he has a plan for how Cousins will be used in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I do,” Kerr said. “But I’m not going to tell you.”When Cousins actually plays, it’ll be his NBA Finals debut. He had not appeared in any playoff games until this season. FILE – DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — Golden State coach Steve Kerr says center DeMarcus Cousins is available for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.Kerr made the announcement at the team’s shootaround practice Thursday. Cousins has not been on the Warriors’ active roster since injuring his right quadriceps muscle early in Game 2 of the Warriors’ opening-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cousins has been doing more on-court work leading up to Game 1, and the Warriors believe he’s ready to contribute — even if he isn’t fully recovered.“I’m happy that he’s back,” Kerr said. “But I feel badly for him. You want to be in the finals. You want to be in the best shape and on top of your game as you can possibly be. Life doesn’t work that way. It’s not always perfect.”Cousins said at finals media day Wednesday that he’s anxious to get a feel for what the finals are all about.“I believe this is the stage that every basketball player, as a kid growing up, dreams of,” Cousins said. “To be here is a huge honor and it’s an incredible feeling, so I’m extremely excited about it and it makes me that much more antsy to get on the floor and help my team. If that opportunity is presented to me, I plan on taking full advantage of it.”The comeback from the quad injury is just one in a series of comebacks over the last year for Cousins.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He ruptured his left Achilles in January 2018 and missed nearly a full year of NBA action. The injury dramatically reduced his asking price on the free-agent market last summer — instead of potentially being a max-contract player, the six-time All-Star signed a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Warriors.It was a low-risk, high-reward move for Golden State. The Warriors were coming off two straight titles and got to add an elite talent for mid-level money.Cousins appeared in 30 games during the regular season, working himself into shape for the playoffs. He got hurt while chasing a loose ball and taking an awkward fall in the second postseason game, and now apparently will face the challenge of rejoining the Warriors’ lineup — one that still is without Kevin Durant while he recovers from a calf strain — during the finals.Warriors forward Draymond Green said he anticipates Cousins dealing with some awkward moments while adjusting to the finals stage.“One thing we do know is DeMarcus is a great basketball player,” Green said. “So at that point then you just go out there and you do what you’re great at. And everything else will fall in line.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Navy earns trips to China for Kings of Kings Basketball Challenge Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img