Cousins pain-free

TORONTO, Canada (AFP) - Golden State All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is “pain-free” after tearing a quad muscle last month but Warriors coach Steve Kerr is uncertain he will play in Thursday’s NBA Finals opener.

Cousins suffered the torn left quad in only his second career NBA playoff game but the 28-year-old big man has recovered in time to give Kerr another option when the defending NBA champions face host Toronto in the best-of-seven final.

“DeMarcus has done an amazing job coming back from the injury, which we felt at the time was season-ending,” Kerr said Wednesday. “He has done an incredible job of rehabbing.

“Now here he is. He has scrimmaged a couple times this week. He’s pain-free. So it’s really more a matter of rhythm and timing and conditioning.”

For his part, Cousins is ready whenever called but understands it’s not all his decision.