Cousins steps up for Warriors in win over Rockets

Silvia Morton
March 16, 2019

We're all learning, me too.

But that was not to be, as DeMarcus Cousins turned his finest performance of the season so far and helped the Warriors beat the Rockets 106-104, which given the balance of play reflects unfairly on the Warriors who could've won this by a log bigger margin if they hadn't considered the game won, half way through the final quarter.

There is, however, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound wild card in the equation that wasn't around for the West finals a year ago.

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors looks on during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Universidade Center on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. And he was a liability in the Warriors' Feb. 23 loss to the Rockets, a nonfactor offensively and picked on defensively. It was his ninth double-double of the season, although it was just his third such performance since February 1.

The Golden State Warriors were plus-ten in the assist column as they downed the Houston Rockets, narrowly beating them by just two points. The Splash Brothers combined for 54 points while DeMarcus Cousins stepped up in KD's absence with a line of 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. If they didn't say anything, I'm sure they're thinking it. He also added three rebounds in a season-best 33 minutes of action. "He propelled us to a victory tonight". Good luck asking a guard to keep Cousins from feasting in the paint.

Nor was Houston coach Mike D'Antoni, saying, "Cousins will get what Cousins gets".

"I don't think anybody can stop me 1-on-1, period", said Cousins, who was 11-of-16 from the field.

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"Avery Bradley, Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Vic Oladipo-I put myself in that category in terms of defense".

Cousins clearly wasn't a focal point of the Rockets' defensive game plan even with Kevin Durant out because of a sprained right ankle. Of the team's 10 losses at Oracle Arena, the Warriors have lost in blowouts to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

For the better part of the last month, the Warriors have tried to stay above water.

"As a team we've got to rebound the basketball [better]", he said.

"We'll look at film, try to get better and move on to Phoenix on Friday and try to get better in every single game until the postseason". A good thing about it is we play a game on Friday. "He did a phenomenal job of just getting down on the block and controlling the game down there".

Some have wondered if Cousins is a good fit with this fast-paced team and there have been some growing pains as he's been worked into the team after missing the first 47 games this season recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury. It had the same eerie feeling it did when James Harden hit that impossibly hard 3-pointer on January 3 to beat the Warriors in overtime.

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