The beginning of the Demarcus Cousins iteration of this Golden State Warriors squad looked as good as many had hoped/feared. While the team is still fine-tuning their new engine, it’s looking like a fearsome machine. The Los Angeles Lakers are going to be extremely short-handed, so this will be another low stakes opportunity for the Warriors and their new look.
WHO: Golden State Warriors (32-14) at Los Angeles Lakers (25-22)
WHEN: Monday, January 21; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Staples Center -- Los Angeles, CA
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Same rotation and minutes for Demarcus Cousins
As it seems like they’ve been doing all season, the Warriors are working on figuring out a new lineup. Not that anyone’s complaining of course. Golden State is on a tear over the past seven games, averaging 131 points, and an absurd +18 point differential over that span (all wins, of course).
As with the last game, all eyes will be pointed at Demarcus Cousins in what will be just his second game in a Warriors uniform. From the sound of it, he responded well after his first game, so expect Cousins to play around 20 minutes or so and to keep the same rotation as last time (start the game and inserted into the second unit to start the second quarter).
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
The Lakers are extremely short-handed
Last time these teams faced off, it was a harsh 21-point beatdown that was one of the low points of the season for Golden State. Although the Lakers haven't made any official indications, all evidence points them holding out both Lebron James and Rajon Rondo. Both have returned to practice recently and coach Luke Walton called it “hopeful,” but as per Spectrum Sportsnet, he went on to say that they “don’t anticipate either one of them playing Monday.”
Adding to the injuries, Lonzo Ball left their game late Saturday with an ankle sprain that is still being diagnosed, but will certainly keep him out of action for this game.
The Reverend doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Day
There’s a lot of things the NBA gets right with it’s messaging, and one of those is it’s treatment of one of the greatest voices for racial equality in the modern era. I’m not sure I’m really equipped to add any insight, but I think it’s safe to say that we need to hear his message now as much as ever.