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Preview: DeMarcus Cousins is ready to go for Warriors vs rival Clippers

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The champs welcome their first superstar big man in decades as they face the reborn Clippers in Los Angeles.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Many moons ago, the giants of the game wore Warriors uniforms. Titans like Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, and Robert Parish domineered over the hardwood, gobbling rebounds, rejecting shots and scoring at will under the basket.

And then, they were gone.

For decades the Warriors were cursed to suffer in search of a legitimate talent at center.

It wasn’t until the Splash Bros-era that the Warriors were finally able to work around that dilemma, but the team has always pined for that Man in the Middle.

Until now. The “Boogie Man” cometh!

Game Details

WHO: Golden State Warriors (31-14) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (24-20)

WHEN: Friday, January 18th @ 7:30 PM

WHERE: Staples Center

WATCH: NBCSBA, FSPT, ESPN

RADIO: 95.7 The Game

Buddy Blog: Clips Nation

DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is making his highly anticipated return from his devastating Achilles injury and joins a Warriors team in the middle of a hot streak. After a rocky December rife with injuries and strife, the champs have kicked off 2019 with a vengeance. The Dubs have won six straight and are 8-2 over their last ten games including back-to-back victories over playoff teams in Denver and New Orleans.

How will Cousins fit in with this dynastic juggernaut? Our very own Eric Apricot has some salient thoughts in his latest edition of his internationally beloved “Explain One Play” series:

“In theory, Cousins should be a nice fit in Steve Kerr’s offense. He should be able to fill the Draymond Green role in any offensive play, as well as the David West role in his old sets.Cousins is a good passer and has good floor vision. Kerr’s offense features a lot of entry passes to players in the post, who usually don’t try to score. Cousins now gives you that post scoring dimension. He can also occasionally drive from the perimeter and hit threes.”

Cousins is a special talent and has spent the entire season closely watching Warriors basketball. I’m sure he’ll be anxious to show Dub Nation that he’s ready to help the champs return to the promised land for a third straight time.

Meanwhile in La La Land

The Clippers have resurrected from the ashes of the failed “Lob City” experiment, as evidenced by their competitive status in the tumultuous West. They currently are in playoff contention and have split their previous two battles with the champs. That includes the last time they played in Staples Center, an overtime defeat for the Stephen Curry-less Warriors that featured the Draymond Green-Kevin Durant fiasco.

That incident threatened to tear apart the Golden Empire, but the Warriors paid back the favor in a historic shootout in Oakland last month that required a Curry game winner.

The Dubs-Clips rivalry appears to be back and it will take the power of the Boogie Man to put terror back into the Warriors' divisional foe.

CAN’T WAIT.