According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, DeMarcus Cousins will return in tonight's Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The star center tore his left quad in Game 2 of the first round series against the Clippers on April 15 and he was expected to miss the remainder of the playoffs but his rehab went very well and he will probably be in the starting lineup.
Playing him after such a long layoff is a risk but if healthy, he shouldn't be restricted to the bench.
Warriors Game 1 Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Raptors
*Notates expected starter
C: DeMarcus Cousins*, Kevon Looney, Andrew Bogut
PF: Draymond Green*, Damian Jones, Jordan Bell
SF: Andre Iguodala*, Alfonzo McKinnie, Jonas Jerebko
SG: Klay Thompson*, Jacob Evans
PG: Stephen Curry*, Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook
Without Kevin Durant tonight, Stephen Curry has to play like in the Western Conference Finals when he averaged 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists on 47.1 percent shooting and 42.5 percent from beyond the arc in four games against the Trail Blazers.
The Warriors are 31-1 in their last 32 games without Durant but with Curry and that might not mean they're better without him but it does prove they can win games with Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green leading the way.
Jazz Sports favors the Raptors by 1.5 points tonight and the total has been set at 213.
2019 NBA Finals Schedule
Game 1: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 30 at 9:00 PM ET
Game 2: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 PM ET
Game 3: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 5 at 9:00 PM ET
Game 4: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET
Game 5: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, Monday, June 10 at 9:00 PM ET (If necessary)
Game 6: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors, Thursday, June 13 at 9:00 PM ET (If necessary)
Game 7: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, Sunday, June 16 at 8:00 PM ET (If necessary)
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