Despite having a shorthanded lineup on Friday, the Golden State Warriors took care of business against the Houston Rockets. The road won't get any easier for the defending champions, but DeMarcus Cousins could be nearing his return to the team.
During the first round of the NBA Playoffs, Cousins suffered a torn left quadriceps muscle. It's an unfortunate injury for a player that is in search of his own postseason memories.
Luckily for Cousins, the latest report on his injury is extremely encouraging.
Cousins could make a return to the hardwood in time for the Western Conference Finals, per NBA insider Marc Stein. This would require him to continue the recent progress he has made in rehab.
Golden State proved last night that it doesn't need its star-studded lineup to win big games. However, the team will obviously accept Cousins back with open arms.
While Cousins is close to being back on the floor, the Warriors are also waiting for an update on Kevin Durant. The former MVP suffered a calf strain in Game 5 against the Rockets.
Durant will be re-evaluated this upcoming week, which means his status for the Western Conference Finals is unclear.
The Warriors will face the winner of tomorrow's matchup between the Trail Blazers and the Nuggets.