When DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn quadriceps muscle early in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round NBA playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, everyone feared the worst.
It would likely be the last time Boogie suited up for the Warriors. His first venture into the playoffs would end after a little more than four quarters. The big free-agent contract likely would not come his way.
Not so fast.
The All-Star center has been progressing nicely, according to head coach Steve Kerr, and Cousins told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears that he plans to return to the court during the Warriors' playoff run.
"For me, my goal is I ain't planning on sitting," Cousins told Spears Monday. "I don't know the reality of it. But for me, that is not what I'm planning on doing... It's definitely some type of bad movie. But I think it will have a very nice ending. Just wait for it."
Cousins suffered a torn Achilles while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans last season, but he got good news when he learned his quad injury would not require surgery.
"I was confident from the beginning once they told me the severity of it," Cousins said. "Talking to the doctors helped me understand the injury a little more. I started analyzing things and playing it out in my head. I'm going to take it day by day and work my ass off like I always do...
"Obviously, I was little more relieved that it wasn't anything catastrophic like I've dealt with before. It sucks to be injured anyway on top of that. The timing of it really f---ed me up the most. It's a part of this game, man. I'm not the first. I won't be the last."
The Warriors currently hold a 2-1 series lead over the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, and face a crucial Game 4 Monday night in Houston.
Should the Dubs eventually vanquish the Rockets and move on to conference finals and the NBA Finals, they just might get a reinforcement in the form of Boogie.