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DeMarcus Cousins breaks silence after injury with Nipsey Hussle lyric

DeMarcus Cousins breaks silence after injury with Nipsey Hussle lyric

DeMarcus Cousins was the one to break the news. 

The Warriors' center came out of the team's training room, silent, and showed players a screenshot of rapper Nipsey Hussle on the ground after being shot on March 31. Not too long later, Hussle was pronounced dead

Three weeks later, Cousins broke his silence Monday on social media for the first time since tearing his quad by using a Hussle lyric.

The lyric comes from the song "I Don't Stress." Cousins has long shown his admiration for the late rapper, too. 

In his first game with the Warriors back on Jan. 18, Cousins debuted his signature Puma shoes with the mantra "The Marathon Continues." The big man has long used the mantra, which has been coined by Hussle for years. 

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Cousins is likely out for the rest of the playoffs, though he and the Warriors are keeping hope alive that he could return if the team makes the NBA Finals.

Steph Curry preaching to D'Angelo Russell to be himself with Warriors

Steph Curry preaching to D'Angelo Russell to be himself with Warriors

D'Angelo Russell operates at a different pace than the Warriors are used to. He doesn't push the ball like a runaway train in the form of forward Draymond Green, and he doesn't run through a maze of defenders like fellow guards Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. 

Russell often slows the game down, working as one of the best pick-and-roll players in the NBA. He navigates the offense on cruise control with perfect vision, ready to strike for a mid-range jumper or slip a sweet bounce pass. And Curry has no problem with that. 

"I don't mind it at all," Curry said on the latest episode of the "TK Show." "I know for the defense, that's where he's at his best. You never ask a guy like that to change the way he plays, the way he sees the game." 

Russell, 23, is coming off the best season of his four-year career. He was an All-Star for the first time last season with the Nets where he averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game. The Warriors saw him as a key piece to their present and future when they acquired him in a sign-and-trade this offseason with Brooklyn. 

With Thompson out until at least the All-Star break, Curry and Russell will have to build chemistry soon into the season. The two began doing so long before preseason began, too, working out together to better each other's game. 

Over four preseason games, Russell averaged 18.0 points and 3.0 assists per game with his new team. As the regular season progresses and D-Lo becomes more comfortable in coach Steve Kerr's offense, he and Curry could form one of the best backcourts in basketball. For that to happen, Russell needs to listen to Steph's message: "Be yourself, understand how you're gonna get your looks and touches in our patterns on offense."

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Curry admits there were a few times in the preseason he had to remind Russell to let it fly in the flow of the offense when he had an open look and then pick apart the defense on the next possession. That will come with time. For now, it's all about what the two-time MVP is preaching to his newest star teammate. 

"Nobody's asking him to change," Curry said.

Why Steph Curry is 'optimistic' about Warriors after rocky preseason

Why Steph Curry is 'optimistic' about Warriors after rocky preseason

The NBA preseason was far from perfect for the Warriors. They went 2-3, losing three times to the Lakers, and dealt with injuries as well. To no surprise, the misgivings didn't change Steph Curry's feelings going into the regular season. 

In fact, it's quite the opposite. 

When asked to find one word to describe his feelings about this Golden State team, Curry showed his confidence in the squad. 

"I like optimistic, because I know it didn't look great, but I can feel us getting better more than I could in years past," Curry said on the latest episode of the "TK Show." "In years past with the talent we had and the experience and some things just went unsaid ... we don't have that quote-unquote luxury, so every marginal gain that we have, you can tell.

"You can feel and see the confidence, especially with the young guys." 

The Warriors likely will have to lean on some young players right away. Former top-10 NBA draft pick Marquese Chriss earned his way onto the roster after an impressive preseason. Jordan Poole, Golden State's first-round draft pick this year, averaged 13.2 points per game in the preseason and Eric Paschall, one of the Warriors' second-round draft picks from this past summer, quickly could find time.

Curry believes the plethora of new players on the Warriors are understanding the system better every day. The results are far from flawless, though he can see the improvements. 

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Another reason Curry is confident going into Thursday's regular-season opener against the Clippers at Chase Center is because of three players who were out for the preseason. Big men Willie Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney were sidelined, as well as guard/small forward Alec Burks. All three should soon be ready to roll.

"Those three guys are gonna help us a lot," Curry said.

So, while the Warriors' doubters will have their voices heard after a shaky preseason, the glue that holds Golden State together hasn't lost a drop of trust in his teammates.