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Warriors Wonder: Curry and Cousins reveal scary 1-2 punch vs Pacers

For the first time in many years, the Warriors have an elite point guard and center at the same time. It ain’t safe, it ain’t safe

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors 132-100 victory over the Victor Oladipo-less Indiana Pacers had a predictable outcome. The champs are activating what Steph Curry referred to as “playoff mentality” and are on a monster 11 game win streak, while the Pacers are trying to recover emotionally from a horrendous injury to their star player.

Yet I came away from this game shaking with awe, as a man receiving the blessing of a long awaited hope come true. Last night was the first time in a long time as a Warriors fan that I witnessed Golden State unleashing an honest-to-goodness, inside-outside, point guard-center combination to destroy another team.

Stephen Curry and DeMarcus Cousins are the ultimate new age small-big tandem.

Curry shot 10-for-13 from the field, a scintillating 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, and added 6 rebounds and 3 assists. He was raining fire from everywhere on the court, stretching the Pacers defense out well beyond their means.

Cousins shot 7-of-12 from the field, drilled a three-pointer of his own, with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He also made 7-of-9 from the free throw line, muscling his way to the charity stripe. Watching him force his way to the goal against helpless defenders is something I had hoped the likes of Todd Fuller, Erick Dampier, Adonal Foyle, and Festus Ezeli would do on demand.

Finally, the team has a point and a pivot who can use their combined strengths to explore every possible scenario on the basketball court. Whether it’s inside bully ball or raining hellfire from deep, I can go to my grave knowing that the Splash Bros-era Dubs finally figured out how to have both at the same time.

Poll

How grateful are you for the Curry/Cousins combo?

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Extremely - I love the combination of post and perimeter play
    (859 votes)
  • 8%
    It’s okay - I’d prefer high pick and rolls where Curry can shoot from 35 feet every time
    (94 votes)
  • 13%
    I hate it - We should have never let go of Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins
    (143 votes)
1096 votes total Vote Now

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