Golden State Warriors

Cousins suffers 'significant' left quad injury in Game 2

Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins made an early exit from Monday's Game 2 against the LA Clippers , suffering a left quadricep injury while tumbling after a loose ball with 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Cousins wasn't contacted on the play, and immediately stayed down as the Clippers corralled possession and headed upcourt in transition.

He immediately flagged the training staff and began heading toward the locker room, walking gingerly on the injured leg.

The best-case scenario could be a strained quad, but there was evidence that Cousins' noncontact injury, which occurred while he was pursuing a loose ball in Monday's 135-131 Game 2 loss to the LA Clippers, was serious and season-ending, league sources said.

Kevon Looney picked up the bulk of the extra minutes in Cousins' absence and scored a career-high 19 points making all six of his shots but the Warriors had their seven-game postseason winning streak snapped that dated to last year's run to a repeat championship.

Having signed with Golden State while rehabilitating a torn Achilles' tendon, Cousins had been eager to make his playoff debut in this ninth NBA season.

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