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LOS ANGELES — Warriors followers are able to get Boogie.

And rightfully so. After rehabbing his left Achilles tendon for almost the final 12 months, DeMarcus Cousins will make his Warriors debut on Friday towards the Clippers. All of which ends up in a pure query: how will he look?

First, some housekeeping objects. I offered a few of these preliminary solutions with Warriors coach Steve Kerr saying he’ll begin Cousins and play him in “quick bursts.” I talked to NBA gamers that spoke with Cousins about their very own Achilles accidents in addition to Cousins’ physician about his rehab. Columnist Dieter Kurtenbach explains what this all means.

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Now onto the mailbag…..

Warriors practices are closed, however we see the tip of them. He has proven loads of progress along with his operating throughout these periods. However they’re onerous to gauge. The Warriors suspect he can be winded as soon as he truly performs a sport.

Kerr wouldn’t expose the precise quantity, however Cousins stated that he wouldn’t play greater than 30 minutes. I’m predicting Cousins will play within the low 20-minute vary.

HA! Why not each? That destruction received’t occur instantly. If something, the Warriors may create their very own mess. However give the Warriors this five-game journey. After that, all hell will break free as Draymond predicted.

Looney’s position would be the identical as when Damian Jones began at middle. He would be the first huge man off the bench and can probably play within the excessive teenagers. Looney is aware of the drill. He merely does regardless of the Warriors need from him. And he typically does that properly.

Of all of the issues that plagued the Warriors, I feel this has extremely been exaggerated. The principle Warriors points on this order: accidents to Steph & Draymond, younger bench gamers experiencing a studying curve, complacency, dealing with each opponent’s greatest shot.

Sure. Don’t count on the Warriors to do something earlier than the Feb. 7 commerce deadline. After that, quite a few NBA gamers will negotiate buyouts with their respective groups. Then, the Warriors will see if any facilities can be found after which signal considered one of them with their final roster spot.

It clearly will depend on the deal. It must contain a commerce package deal that lands them one other star. In any other case, keep put.  Even when KD leaves, the Warriors will nonetheless have three All-Stars. It’s extra on the Warriors to develop their youthful gamers.

That might be an excellent matchup, however I’d nonetheless give the sting to the Warriors as a result of Steph and Klay can simply hoist 3’s all day.

Warriors assistant coach Willie Inexperienced and assistant coach/director of participant improvement coach Chris DeMarco typically work with gamers on their capturing routines. Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser works with Steph and KD. And Nash, given he’s a Corridor-of-Fame level guard, provides ideas as properly when he’s on the facility.

That’s a fairly good one. However I’d additionally nominate Q, the nickname for Fraser. He may disagree, however I stand by it. Q is the best nickname ever.

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