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Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins, Damian Jones might return in playoffs

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 5/5/2019 By Connor Letourneau
DeMarcus Cousins et al. playing a game of football: Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, Damian Jones, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston react in 4th quarter of loss to Oklahoma City Thunder during NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. © Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, Damian Jones, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston react in 4th quarter of loss to Oklahoma City Thunder during NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

HOUSTON — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is leaving open the possibility of centers DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Jones returning at some point during the playoffs.

“It’s a possibility he could be back,” Kerr said of Jones. “Same with DeMarcus. He’s coming along pretty well. We’ll just wait and see.”

Jones, who has spent the past five months rehabbing a torn left pectoral muscle, will be cleared for contact work — including full games of 3-on-3 — in coming days. In late March, he began on-court work. After recent shoot-arounds and practices, Jones was seen participating in shooting drills, strength-building exercises and non-contact 3-on-3 scrimmages.

Cousins, who tore his left quadricep muscle in Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round series against the Clippers, was cleared to return to shooting drills last week. After missing Golden State’s two recent Los Angeles trips, Cousins opted to join his team in Houston for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

On Saturday night, he was seen sitting on the bench and offering encouraging words to teammates. Kerr said that Cousins has made “normal progression” in his recovery from the quad injury.

Without Cousins and Jones, the Warriors have started Draymond Green at center against the Rockets, with Kevon Looney serving as the primary backup. Andrew Bogut and Jonas Jerebko have also gotten some minutes off the bench at center.

Kerr has yet to put a timetable on when Cousins and Jones could return to game action, but it’s clear neither will play against Houston. The Warriors play Game 4 on Monday and Game 5 on Wednesday, with a potential Game 6 on Friday and Game 7 on Sunday.

“Getting either of those guys back, or both, will be good,” Green said. “But right now, we have to focus on what we got. I think we have more than enough to win it all with what we have now. Getting those guys back will be an added bonus if we can.”

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: cletourneau@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @Con_Chron

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