The Golden State Warriors have officially added DeMarcus Cousins to the fold with the veteran center becoming the latest All-Star to be inserted into the Western Conference powerhouse’s rotation.
Cousins just made both his Warriors and 2018-19 regular-season debut against the Los Angeles Clippers after spending the last year battling back from a serious Achilles injury
With one game now under his belt, it is time for the Warriors to develop a plan for the dominant interior presence going forward. Golden State will be monitoring Cousins closely during the early portion of his return, so coming as no surprise whatsoever, head coach Steve Kerr told ESPN’s Nick Friedell that the big man will encounter a similar outing come Monday against the Los Angeles Lakers:
Kerr says the plan for Cousins’ minutes remains about the same vs. Lakers. They’d like to get him a few more — maybe around 20 — but they liked the way he came through his first game against Clippers.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 20, 2019
There is still no plan for back-to-backs:
Steve Kerr on the minutes plan for DeMarcus Cousins moving forward. Said there haven’t been discussions yet on how to handle back-to-backs. pic.twitter.com/apcy6fTq1d
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 20, 2019
The 28-year-old big man returned to the floor in style en route to scoring 16 points to accompany his six rebounds and one blocked shot. With the Warriors defeating the Clippers by a final score of 112-94, Boogie also added three assists and one steal across 15 minutes of play before ultimately fouling out. He shot 5-of-11 from the field and hit three of his four 3-point attempts, which allowed him to fit right in with the rest of his sharpshooting teammates.
The former Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans center choosing to join forces with the likes of Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green definitely didn’t sit well with NBA fans from around the league, but it is now officially impossible to look away with DeMarcus Cousins in the fold for Golden State.