Cousins steps up for Warriors in win over Rockets

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HOUSTON — DeMarcus Cousins performed the very best recreation of his quick Golden State Warriors tenure in Wednesday night time’s 106-104 win over the Houston Rockets.

The large heart scored 27 factors, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out 7 assists in a efficiency he stated was essentially the most in rhythm he has felt all season.

“I believe we have to remind ourselves that he is nonetheless fairly early within the course of,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated. “I do not know what number of video games he is performed for us, 20? We’re all studying. Me, too. I obtained to learn to use him higher. I believed we used him higher tonight. I believed he did an outstanding job simply getting down on the block and controlling the sport down there. It is a good win for us. We obtained 15 video games left to proceed to determine use everyone. The mixtures and all of that stuff. This was an excellent night time.”

After being blamed by each followers and media for the Warriors’ current woes, Cousins — who declined to talk to reporters over the previous few days — disregarded the criticism postgame, acknowledging that he appreciated his teammates publicly defending him.

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“I imply, it is cool,” Cousins stated. “However we have all been on this enterprise lengthy sufficient to know the way it goes. And I have been round this group to know the way issues go round right here. You are all the time in search of one thing to make a narrative about. I imply … I may care much less. I do know … y’all gotta do your job, and I gotta do mine. Y’all in search of a narrative. It’s what it’s.”

Cousins in contrast the season along with his new group to being in the midst of a cleaning soap opera.

“Oh, it is one thing day by day,” Cousins stated. “It is like my grandmother — once I was youthful, she had this present she used to observe. I am positive y’all heard of it — ‘Because the World Turns.’ She referred to as it her story: ‘I gotta watch my story.’ I used to observe it along with her; and each episode, it was one thing. That is what this has became — ‘Because the World Turns.'”

Because the Warriors attempt to chase their third straight NBA championship, each gamers and coaches have grown uninterested in a number of the questioning they must cope with every day, so Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced had no downside agreeing with Cousins’ cleaning soap opera comparability.

“The NBA is a cleaning soap opera in itself,” Inexperienced stated with a smile. “It is in all probability the very best cleaning soap opera on the planet. If you wish to put it in these phrases then, yeah, I am positive it’s. Since you obtained the NBA, which is a cleaning soap opera, and then you definitely obtained this group, which is true in the midst of that total cleaning soap opera. After which he get thrusted into that group that is proper in the midst of it. So … it is fascinating.”

On prime of Cousins’ efficiency and the benefit he had at occasions down low in opposition to the Rockets, the Warriors had been simply comfortable to come back away with a victory after Sunday night time’s embarrassing dwelling loss to the Phoenix Suns. Taking part in with out star ahead Kevin Durant, who sat out due to an ankle sprain, the Warriors loved one in every of their finest defensive efforts in current weeks Wednesday, whereas using Cousins and a mixed 54 factors from Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

The enjoyment that Kerr desires his group to play with was on show each throughout and after Wednesday’s win as smiles permeated all through the locker room. Durant proudly waited within the tunnel to greet his teammates and provides them a hug on the way in which again to the locker room.

“It is a good stepping-stone for us,” Kerr stated. “It is extra in regards to the group than it’s about anyone particular person. DeMarcus has had large video games for us already. Simply determining how the sport has to really feel. It is totally different with him. We have not had this type of an possibility earlier than. Typically we have performed just a little bit too quick and shot too many fast unhealthy photographs, as an alternative of letting him get down on the block and controlling issues. We’re nonetheless studying. This was a extremely good effort and an excellent instance of the way it ought to look.”

Kerr and his gamers had been comfortable to see Cousins having fun with the second in opposition to a group that they had didn’t beat in three earlier video games this season and one they may face once more within the postseason.

“We made a concerted effort to attempt to feed him within the publish due to the way in which they performed protection. He is DeMarcus Cousins,” Curry stated. “I do know he is been by way of so much this 12 months and has had some ups and downs since he is been again, however nothing he does on the market ought to shock anyone. It is simply constructing that consistency, and he is executed an incredible job of that, and it is solely gonna get higher for us.”

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