Cousins was a common target of fan criticism and media in recent weeks, in Oracle Arena with lost five of the eight games as the Warriors came to Friday’s showdown.
“Everyone would like to talk — roughly DeMarcus’ defense,”” D Raymond Green said,”I toldy’all previous game, we have not played with energy — or at clinic. Everyone wanna [state ],’It’s a problem when DeMarcus has gone outside there.’ Yet everybody else chose on up the energy, all of a sudden no one is discussing DeMarcus’ problems. Now it’s really a great match up for him. That is bulls– to me personally “
Green noted that the Warriors played with much better energy than they did in a 33-point loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. He said, he believed Cousins had obtained too private criticism for those Warriors’ woes.
“I presume it pissed him off,” Green stated. “He is a competitor. And , like I said before, our entire team played with defense. our entire team defense has been awful that the previous fourteen days, although Every one else WIShes to out one guy. And so everybody chose that up to night and obviously he shined on that end too, but everyone picked this up.”
Cousins, who has been truthful and professional since joining the Warriors, declined to deal with reporters.
“and thus all of a sudden it isn’t only hoping to pick 1 guy from the bunch and state ,’Oh, this is actually the reason why they are struggling’ We were the reason we’re fighting, and now that we picked it upwe watched some things he’s effective at to night,” Green stated. “Which I’ve seen even throughout our struggles. He gets his hands. He comes up with a few cubes. He has been really very good but as the team struggled everybody WIShes to pick the 1 guy out.
“Obviously he is the guy which has never been here. So it’s simple to state,’The Warriors have been good well, DeMarcus is there, so let’s pick on him’ The simple fact of the situation isthat we have been midst of the bunch the whole year. So it was best for all of us to pick this upon that side of the ball after which for him to have the defensive performance he had.”
Cousins, who made his return to the lineup on Jan. 18 after missing nearly a year because of a left Achilles accident, was repeatedly targeted on shield by opposing teams looking for an edge against the Warriors. Cousins suspended tough during Friday’s game, limiting Nuggets celebrity Nikola Jokic into five field objectives.
“It was a great match up for him to night,” Warriors sharp shooter Klay Thompson said. “I understand he was motivated moving up against Jokic, who is in the MVP conversation. So DeMarcus was up with this specific game, and we’re going to require that down the stretch. He has such a load on each side of the ball defensively, he’s got amazing hands for how big he is. You watched it tonight. Six blocked shots that is incredible for a fella like the way to accomplish that. And he just weighs you on too, therefore there’s no easy buckets when you’re moving against himbecause he is so physically dominant”
Cousins’ 3-pointer with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter gave the Warriors a boost after knocking the shot and also a moment when the proud huge man lifted both arms into the sky in relief.
“I presumed DeMarcus was great,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated. “Six cubes, three steals. He was all over the place . And then he finally got that 3 to return and then put his hands into the heavens.
The Warriors need to trust the momentum he created for his team as well as himself on the final month of the regular season and outside can be maintained by Cousins. Warriors star Kevin Durant said he doesn’t believe the criticism Cousins endured had an impact on how he played against the Nuggets.
“I really actually don’t believe you guys know what shield means,” Durant said. “You have a take a look at the numbers as well as the stats and the cubes, which is easy for one to say,’Oh, DeMarcus had a fantastic game’ He didn’t play well, then that is what you’ll write if you are told by some body. But I really actually don’t believe anyone in our locker room is blaming anything on DeMarcus. Most of us have our miscommunications out there, miscues out there, whatever you need to phone, but I don’t believe you guys had anything to do with tonight”