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DeMarcus Cousins' big contract in free agency will make Steve Kerr happy

DeMarcus Cousins' big contract in free agency will make Steve Kerr happy

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Steve Kerr's thoughts about DeMarcus Cousins' future (or lack thereof) with the Warriors has not changed one bit.

“It’s a one-year deal. We’re not going to have money to sign him next year," the Warriors' head coach told reporters back in November. "He knows that.

"So we’d like him to help us win a championship. And we’d like to help him get a great contract next year, somewhere else.”

And what is Kerr thinking now?

“There’s just no money. When this summer comes, hopefully not until after the Finals, I’m going to be thrilled for him when another team comes in and offers a ton of money," Kerr told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "Because he deserves it. He’s that good. He’s been great for us.

"I’m going to be happy for him, but sad to see him go.”

Over his first 19 games this season, Boogie averaged 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.6 blocks while shooting 45 percent from the field and 23.3 percent from deep.

Over his last 11 games, he's averaging 18.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks while shooting 52.3 percent overall and 34.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Cousins is happy and the Warriors are feeling really good about where they stand entering the playoffs.

“I just know that — and you can write this — this, to me, could not have worked out any better to this point,” Kerr told The Athletic. “He’s healthy. He’s confident. And he’s made us a better team. So everyone’s getting what they wanted.  

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"In the end, there’s almost no way we can keep him because it’s going so well. He’s aware of that, we’re aware of that. There’s no time to think about it right now.

"But when all is said and done, we’re going to be sad to see him go and I think he’s going to be sad to go. Because this is a great situation for both sides."

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Draymond Green explains how he's able to elevate his game in playoffs

Draymond Green explains how he's able to elevate his game in playoffs

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Draymond Green is almost always at his best when his best is required.

Therefore, the Warriors forward embodies "competitive greatness," which is at the very top of John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success."

"Over the course of my career, I've been able to elevate my level of play in the postseason -- whether that was NCAA Tournament or playoffs," Draymond told reporters after practice Thursday. "I don't know. I think some people kind of just have that. The stakes are bigger, and you're able to increase your level of focus; increase your intensity level.

"I'm blessed and thankful that I have that. I can't sit here and act like, 'it's just me and macho.' I think some people have that and some people don't. I think I'm just blessed to have that ability ... to be able to rise to that occasion."

If you don't believe this to be true, let's compare the three-time NBA champion's per-game numbers:

2014-15

  • Regular season: 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.3 blocks
  • Playoffs: 13.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.2 blocks
     

2015-16

  • Regular season: 14.0 points. 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.4 blocks
  • Playoffs: 15.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.8 blocks


2016-17

-Regular season: 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.4 blocks
-Playoffs: 13.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.6 blocks

2017-18

  • Regular season: 11.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.3 blocks
  • Playoffs: 10.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 8.1 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.5 blocks


2018-19

  • Regular season: 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.1 blocks
  • Playoffs: 13.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.7 blocks


The majority of players get worse in the playoffs when things get harder. It's the opposite for Draymond.

The day before the Warriors completed the sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year said he views playoff games as "life or death."

Has that mentality always been there?

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"My third year [the 2014-15 NBA season], when I was a starter, it's been that way since," Draymond told reporters at the time. "That's just the way it feels to me. I remember the first time we won the Finals -- it was like somebody had a clamp on my lungs and I didn't breathe well for seven weeks. And then when we won, it was like, 'Wow. Someone just took the clamp and I could breathe again.'

"That's just how it's felt for me since I've been a starter and playing in the playoffs. And I try to keep that feeling because it means something. And I think it should mean something.

"Leave it all out there and if it don't work out, you can live with that. But I can't live with myself knowing that I didn't leave it all out there when it mattered most."

The Warriors are lucky to have Draymond Green.

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Matt Barnes believes Kevin Durant injury more serious than played out to be

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Matt Barnes believes Kevin Durant injury more serious than played out to be

Matt Barnes knows what it's like to suffer an injury as intricate as the one Kevin Durant is dealing with, and he also knows how the people surrounding him are handling it. 

"This is a serious injury that I think they tried to downplay," the retired NBA veteran said on "Undisputed" on Friday.

He said part of downplaying it is to keep the buzz off of KD in case there's a scenario where he misses the remainder of the playoffs.

Barnes also added he's had a similar injury in which it took a month to get back on the court. Mind you, Barnes, who was also dealing with a calf strain, said he had a small tear as well. , 

Barnes called it a "tricky injury," and something that does take a while to recover from -- so much so, he said he believes the players themselves are even preparing to be without Durant.

KD exited Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets on May 9 with a strained right calf as the initial diagnosis.

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I spoke with Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon at The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City about Durant's injury. She hadn't looked at his MRI, but she did say, like Barnes, a lot of the time the rehabilitation process with these injuries you don't know until the impact is there. 

Tricky indeed.