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DeMarcus Cousins wins Steve Kerr over with passionate plea for more minutes

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DeMarcus Cousins wins Steve Kerr over with passionate plea for more minutes

DeMarcus Cousins stopped short of throwing a tantrum late in the Warriors’ 117-107 win over the Suns on Friday night, perhaps because Rick Celebrini, the team’s director of sports medicine, stepped in before it reached that point.

With the Warriors leading 101-94 and 5:46 remaining, Cousins had reached his 25-minute limit and coach Steve Kerr was ready to plop the big man on the bench.

Cousins wasn’t ready to sit. Didn‘t want to sit. He’s tired of sitting, even though he’s still working on his timing and conditioning after a one-year layoff to recover from surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles’ tendon.

He wanted to play, so he let Kerr know.

“I just wanted to try to finish the game out strong,” Cousins told Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke. “We’re trying to stick to this minutes restriction. I’m like a defiant child right now when it comes to it.”

The Warriors, however, are trying to be careful. They want to keep Cousins’ playing time at about 25 minutes for now, with the plan to increase it in the weeks after the Feb. 14-20 All-Star break.

But the game was in the balance and Draymond Green, who often closes games at center, was unavailable after being ejected late in the third quarter.

So, it was Boogie Time.

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“I was going to take him out at the six-minute mark,” Kerr told reporters in Phoenix, “and he said, ‘Please, do not do this.’ I asked Rick, and Rick said he’s good to go.

“I played him a couple more minutes, and then I didn’t feel comfortable extending him more than that eight-minute run. But by that time, he had done his job.”

When Cousins left the game with 3:45 remaining, after a season-high 27 minutes, he was replaced by Kevon Looney. The Warriors had a six-point lead.

“I just want to be out on the floor and help my team win games,” said Cousins, who in his ninth game as a Warriors finished with 18 points, five rebound and four assists. “So they let me play a couple extra minutes.

“I’m just happy to get a win.”

Tom Izzo yelling at Aaron Henry elicits response from Draymond Green

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Tom Izzo yelling at Aaron Henry elicits response from Draymond Green

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

During the second half of Michigan State's opening-round NCAA Tournament win over Bradley, Tom Izzo went nuts.

The Spartans' head coach called timeout and went off on freshman forward Aaron Henry.

On Friday morning, Draymond Green took to Twitter to share his feelings about the incident.

If anybody can provide some insight and perspective here, it's certainly the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Draymond and Izzo are extremely close and still talk frequently.

If you disagree with Izzo's approach and are hoping for an apology... that ain't happening.

"What's wrong with challenging a kid that makes some mistakes?" Izzo said after the game. "Aaron Henry -- trust me -- did some things that you can't do as a starter on a Top-5 team at the end of your freshman year. They were effort related.

"I did get after him. He did respond. He did make a couple of big buckets. He did make some big free throws but that's not good enough. It's one-and-done time. The 'my-bads' are out the window.''

Will there eventually be another layer to this story? That's quite possible.

Michigan State will be back in action on Saturday night when they face Minnesota.

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Zaza Pachulia shares text Steph Curry sent him during radio interview

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Zaza Pachulia shares text Steph Curry sent him during radio interview

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

On Sunday evening, the Warriors host the Pistons at Oracle.

You know what that means, right?

Zaza Pachulia is back!

On Friday morning, the big man who won two titles with the Warriors was a guest on 95.7 The Game.

He talked about the excitement surrounding receiving his 2018 championship ring, what he learned during his two seasons with Golden State, the narrative that he's a dirty player and much more.

And just before the conversation came to an end, Zaza closed with this:

"Can't wait to see everybody and I just want to give a shoutout to Steph Curry and Jarron Collins who just texted me to tell me that my voice sounds beautiful ... can't wait to see them."

I wonder if that's the first time anybody has ever told Zaza that his voice sounds beautiful. Maybe his wife has said it once or twice before.

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The 35-year old is averaging 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game this season.

He scored a season-high 11 points in Detroit's huge win over the Raptors last Sunday.

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