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DeMarcus Cousins one-ups ex-Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis with new fish tank

DeMarcus Cousins one-ups ex-Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis with new fish tank

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis no longer are teammates, but their connection and friendly rivalry extends off the court.

The All-Star big men apparently like fish tanks. And we're not talking about your run-of-the-mill fish tanks for goldfish. We're talking about giant fish tanks.

In the latest episode of Animal Planet's "Tanked," which will air Friday at 9 p.m. PT, we find out just how much Cousins and Davis love fish tanks. We also get a look at their competitive streak.

“Tanked” hosts Wayne King and Brett Raymer unveil Cousins' new fish tank and inform him that his new tank holds 1,200 gallons of water, beating Davis' current tank, which holds 1,000 gallons.

"Damn right," Cousins tells the hosts when they inform him he has one-upped Davis.

But Davis got the last laugh, as he had King and Raymer install a giant unibrow in the tank to remind Cousins of him at all times.

"Hey man, I told you mine would be bigger," Cousins said.

After this season, Cousins might need a bigger jewelry box than Davis in order to hold his NBA championship ring.

Check out the exclusive “Tanked” clip in the video above.

Warriors vs Lakers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs Lakers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

LOS ANGELES – The Warriors feel they owe the Los Angeles Lakers one and they’d like to take care of that business Monday night when the teams meet at Staples Center.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 with a pregame edition of SNC, with postgame coverage immediately after the TNT telecast. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

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Several losses this season weigh particularly heavy on the Warriors, and one of them occurred on Christmas Day. The Lakers swept into Oracle Arena, and subjected the defending champs to a 26-point blowout (127-101) on national TV.

The Warriors (32-14) do not believe that game is an accurate representation of who they are, and will be out to deliver a more, um, presentable effort. It doesn’t hurt that they also want to push their seven-game win streak to eight.

The Lakers (25-22) will take the court with a vulnerable roster. LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball – their three top playmakers – are unavailable. Without a single point guard on the roster, they recalled point guard Alex Caruso from the South Bay Lakers of the G League.

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PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

G – Stephen Curry
G – Klay Thompson
F – Kevin Durant
F – Draymond Green
C – DeMarcus Cousins

Lakers

G – Brandon Ingram
G – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
F – Josh Hart
F – Kyle Kuzma
C – Tyson Chandler

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Center Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is listed as out.

Lakers: Point guard Lonzo Ball (left ankle sprain), forward LeBron James (left groin strain) and point guard Rajon Rondo (right ring finger sprain) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr utilized a nine-man rotation in Friday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers, with forward Andre Iguodala, guard Shaun Livingston, center Kevon Looney and forward Alfonzo McKinnie coming off the bench. Forward Jonas Jerebko, playing through right wrist/hand soreness, played only the final four minutes of the 18-point victory. ... Cousins showed no ill effects after playing 15 minutes before fouling out Friday. He is expected to remain in the 16-of-20 minute range. ... Though center Jordan Bell is out of the rotation, he could get minutes in this game simply because the Lakers rotations will differ from the norm.

Lakers: With the three top assist men on the sideline, increased playmaking responsibilities fall upon Ingram and reserve guard Lance Stephenson (and maybe the new guy). How thirsty for playmakers are they? No one on the active roster averages more than three assists per game. ... Caruso, who has a two-way contract, could see playing time. The team also summoned guard/forward Isaac Bongo from South Bay. ... Kuzma, in his second season, leads the team’s available scorers at 19.3. He’s one of five players to score at least 40 points in three quarters this season. Curry and Thompson are two of the others. ... Much like the Warriors last season, the Lakers employ a rotation of three centers: JaVale McGee, Ivaca Zubac and Chandler. All three average between 14 and 22 minutes per game.

Warriors Kevin Durant-Draymond Green spat needed more than time to heal

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Warriors Kevin Durant-Draymond Green spat needed more than time to heal

When Kevin Durant and Draymond Green's relationship turned tumultuous, many were worried they would never recover from it -- especially since the tension carried into the Warriors' locker room. But 10 weeks later, it appears the two have come out better than they were before.

At the moment, the Warriors have a sense about them that make the team look unstoppable once again. They're riding a seven-game winning streak as they head into Monday night's game against the Lakers, while most of the team is thriving and avoiding the injury bugs. 

With the Durant-Green spat, time could have healed all wounds, but not on its own -- they had words, reconstructing words -- no matter how harsh they may have been.

According to The Athletic, Durant told Green he was not going to accept the emotional excuse that Green had put forth. The thoughts that made him "learn about himself by seeing things that go on and seeing what he can get through." He said these were all a part of challenges that made him stronger and more rejuvenated. But Durant wasn't going to take it easy on him.

"It’s incredible,” Green told The Athletic. “I be needing that sometimes, for people to say, ‘He’s done. The run is over.’ That’s amazing. I appreciate those people. Those people are the reason I am where I am today. Keep talking that sh-t. They just make me better. If they were smart they’d just shut the hell up. It’s so many people that want to see you fail. Stay true to that. Want to see me fail. But they’ve go to know their personnel. You can’t talk shit about a motherf---- that feed off that. If you know your personnel, you’d stay silent, pray on the downfall.”

The talk made things right, for now -- it didn't fix the issue in its entirety, but the duo could be well on their way toward resolution. That is imperative with the type of unique relationship the two have.

"It’s very rare,” Green said.. “Obviously, we had a good relationship and then to go through something like we went through and still come out of that with a great relationship, that’s special. Those are the relationships you have for life. My deepest relationships that I have is, like, with people that I went through sh-t with. It could’ve been a bad argument. It could’ve been ready to go to blows. Those are my best relationships because you go through something and then you come out on the other side and y’all are tighter and better for it. Those are the special relationships.”

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Green walked away "impressed," as Marcus Thompson writes. Perhaps the leadership role Durant was to ensue when Stephen Curry was out stretched beyond being a team player.

For now, things appear to be calm and in the right place for the most part. Even if things do hit the fan in the future both Green and Durant will know how to handle it.