The night began with DeMarcus Cousins’ stomach churning with butterflies and nerves, and it all over with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson dumping drinking water on his head.
Making his much-anticipated come to the basketball court nearly a year once tearing his left Achilles tendon, Cousins affected with 14 points, six rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 3-pointers before fouling come in quarter-hour within the Golden State Warriors’ 112-94 out of the LA Clippers at Staples Center.
Cousins created five of eleven shots however a plus-21 once on the court was. He was booed the primary time he touched the ball at the beginning of the sport however left to a rousing standing ovation from the Warriors fans that remained at Staples Center once he fouled out with eight minutes, fifty-one seconds remaining within the fourth quarter.
Of course, Cousins’ addition to a dynastic team going for a three-peat brings solely a lot of attention, particularly if he continues to play as well as he did Friday night. Despite saying he was therefore out of rhythm that it felt like he was going to trip over himself whenever he visited build a move, Cousins proclaimed his come with a thunderous one-handed dunk down the lane for the Warriors’ initial basket of the sport.
Cousins scowled and walked back off the court full of the swagger that created him a four-time All-Star.
And whereas he had an issue adjusting to the means the sport was being officiated, Cousins displayed the perimeter shooting he will add to the warriors from the large man position.
He buried 3 of 4 3-pointers, together with consecutive triples at the beginning of the fourth quarter shortly before fouling out.
“He was nice tonight,” aforesaid teammate Kevin Durant, who had 24 points, seven rebounds, and 5 assists. “I like that he going to keep people on us at the 3-point line. I prefer that he was running the ground, he set a screen. I mean he simply played his game — 15 minutes, he had 14 and 6. you switch that to twenty-five minutes, that is a simple 20 and 10. I prefer wherever he is going, smart start, and hopefully, he keeps moving forward.”
Cousins aforesaid he was excited to be left wide open on his 3-point makes an attempt, a luxury he did not have whereas in Sacramento.
While Cousins aforesaid he still should regain his rhythm, he did not lose an ounce of the fiery feeling that also has been his trademark.
In July, the Golden State Warriors were ready to snag DeMarcus Cousins for the veteran’s minimum for a season to permit him to play for a championship competition as he showed the rest of the league what he’ll appear as if following his torn Achilles injury.
The Warriors are patient together with his recovery, slowly operating him into on-court drills, full contact drills so working on his conditioning.