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DeMarcus Cousins says he wasn't supposed to play for Warriors in NBA Finals

DeMarcus Cousins says he wasn't supposed to play for Warriors in NBA Finals

DeMarcus Cousins tore his left quadriceps early in the first quarter of Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round playoff series last year against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Somehow, some way, the big man returned six weeks later and appeared in all six games of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

"I was terrible in the Finals. One-leg bandit on the floor," Cousins said on Showtime's "All the Smoke" podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. "But I wanted to be a part of it. In the Finals, you play hurt.

"That's when you lay your body on the line. I went out there and I gave it what I had. I helped in spots. But I wasn't supposed to be on the floor."

The four-time All-Star struggled in certain games, but was extremely valuable in the Warriors' two wins in the series:
-- Game 2 = 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks
-- Game 5 = 14 points, six rebounds, assist, steal, block

"I rehabbed a torn quad in six weeks. I had no business (being) on the floor," he said.

So how did Cousins find a way to be in uniform?

"I just kept telling myself, 'This is what I've played for my entire career -- to be on this stage, to have this opportunity. Whatever I gotta do to be able to be apart of that, I'm gonna do it,'" the 29-year-old said. "I don't even know how I did it honestly.

"Do I regret it? Hell no. I'm OK with the results."

Cousins signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in July, but tore his left ACL in mid-August and is out indefinitely. Depending on how far the Lakers advance in the playoffs, there is a chance he returns at some point this season.

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Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Rick Welts has seen a lot of basketball over the years. But one single performance stands out above the rest.

The Warriors' team president and chief operating officer was asked Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game: "Quarantine game -- if you're stuck indoors for a full year, one TV, one game playing on a loop, 24/7, 365 -- what game is Rick Welts taking?"

The Hall of Famer provided a definitive answer:

"Let's see. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Actually not even a close call for me. I only have one box score framed in my office -- if I ever get to see my office again -- and that's Klay's 37-point quarter. Without a doubt -- the most amazing thing I've ever seen on a basketball court.

"I could never get tired of watching it. He was out of his mind. I'm not sure we'll ever see anything like that again. And the crowd was a big part of it because he reacted every time the crowd reacted. Our bench was insane.

"Everybody in the building knew they were seeing history being made."

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In the third quarter of the Warriors' win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 23, 2015, Klay Thompson went 13-for-13 overall, 9-for-9 from deep and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Very good choice, Mr. Welts.

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What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but that’s basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

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Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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