The Golden State Warriors announced on Monday that center DeMarcus Cousins underwent an MRI on his sore right ankle, the results of which came back clean. Nevertheless, he will not play in Monday night’s game at San Antonio and will be listed as day-to-day.
Head coach Steve Kerr said that Cousins “just tweaked” the ankle, after Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. On Monday, Cousins did not participate in shootaround, instead getting a precautionary MRI on his ankle.
Cousins sat out for the final 7:01 of the Warriors’ 110-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday because of soreness in the ankle, which is not the same one which underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in January of 2018.
In 21 games since returning from his nearly-12-mont-long rehab of the torn Achilles, Cousins is averaging 15.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.5 blocks and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field in 25.8 minutes per night. Over his last seven games, in 28.6 minutes, he’s shot 51.1 percent from the field, averaged 7.9 boards, 3.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.7 blocks and 17.3 points.
Without Cousins, the Warriors will play newly-arrived Andrew Bogut, fresh off of an MVP season in the National Basketball League in his home country of Australia, where he also earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Bogut was slated to join the Warriors in Oakland when they returned home, but with his visa issues sorted out, has joined the team in San Antonio, and met with Kerr on Monday morning.
“I’m going to play him,” Kerr said. “We’ve got to guard LaMarcus Aldridge, so [Kevon] Looney can guard LaMarcus, Draymond [Green], but Bogut will be out there, at some point.”
Asked how much Bogut would play in his first NBA action in over a year, Kerr said, “I don’t know. He’s not playing 35, but more than 5. How’s that?”
As for playing in his first NBA game since Jan. 1 of 2018, Kerr was not concerned about Bogut’s adjustment period, given his familiarity with Golden State’s system. He was acquired, in part, as an insurance policy if Cousins got into foul trouble, and to help against the bigger, beefier centers in the league come playoff time.
“It helps dramatically that he’s been here before,” Kerr said. “We’re basically running the same stuff that we ran when he was here. He knows half of our team. He and Draymond have an amazing connection, defensively, so they’re going to communicate when they’re out there at the same time. Bogs is also well-suited to mentoring the younger guys — Looney, Jordan Bell — but as far as him fitting in, there’s zero adjustment period.”
Andre Iguodala (tooth extraction) will also miss the game against the Spurs.