DeMarcus Cousins is closing in on his return to the NBA Playoffs.
On Wednesday, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Cousins is questionable to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Cousins has been sidelined since April 15 with a torn quadriceps muscle. However, he’s slowly been working his way back and appears likely to play in his first NBA Finals appearance.
Cousins practiced with the team on Monday as he scrimmaged with the reserve unit
Getting Cousins back in time for the Finals could ultimately determine if the Warriors are able to win another NBA title. With Kevin Durant battling a calf strain and uncertain to even play in the finals, the Warriors need more firepower to take down the Raptors, who actually have home-court advantage in this series.
Sure, Golden State still has Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and Draymond Green, but they badly need another big man against Toronto’s talented frontline of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam. It’s arguably the best frontline Golden State has faced in the playoffs, so having Cousins could go a long way in determining who wins the 2019 championship.