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Gregg Popovich makes lineup change ahead of Game 2 vs Warriors

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Gregg Popovich makes lineup change ahead of Game 2 vs Warriors

OAKLAND -- To the surprise of no one, including the Warriors, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich responded to being routed in Game 1 by altering his starting lineup for Game 2 on Monday night.

Veteran Rudy Gay, started only six times in the regular season, will replace Kyle Anderson at power forward.

“Not that Kyle did anything wrong,” Popovich said 90 minutes before tipoff at Oracle Arena. “It’s just something we’re going to do.”

This will be the sixth different San Antonio starting lineup that the Warriors have seen in six games, counting four in the regular season.

Gay came off the bench in Game 1 and led the Spurs in scoring with 15 points in 22 minutes in a 113-92 loss. He averaged 11.5 points and 21.6 minutes during the regular season, with season-high of 22 points, accomplished twice.

“We need to score,” Popovich said. “We always harp about defense -- and (the Warriors) are hard to guard -- but we need to score.”

Gay likely will defend Kevin Durant on end -- Danny Green drew the bulk of that assignment in Game 1 -- while trying to team with center LaMarcus Aldridge to generate offense through pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop actions.

DeMarcus Cousins unfazed over potential backlash from joining Warriors

DeMarcus Cousins unfazed over potential backlash from joining Warriors

Do you want to know what the NBA free agency process was like for DeMarcus Cousins?

If yes, you're in luck.

SHOWTIME Sports is in production on a documentary that gives you an inside look at how Cousins ended up signing with the Warriors.

On Wednesday, a preview clip was released (watch the full video below).

"This is my ace of spade, this was my nuclear bomb, my last resort," Cousins said. "Yeah, I could have probably got a contract -- a decent contract -- from a bad team. But how does that help me?

"I'm already fighting a career-ending injury. I'm not gonna put myself in an already-bad situation and try to prove my value or my worth as a player in a situation that's not looking to win.

"I knew how it would be perceived by some. I didn't give a f**k. ... I knew what my ace was, and we made the call."

Cousins' introductory press conference is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. Watch it live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Isaiah Thomas cites 'loyalty' in reaction to Raptors trading DeMar DeRozan

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Isaiah Thomas cites 'loyalty' in reaction to Raptors trading DeMar DeRozan

Isaiah Thomas knows a thing or two about getting traded against his wishes.

Last August, the Celtics blindsided the 2016-17 All-NBA Second Team selection by shipping him to the Cavs.

On Wednesday, the Raptors traded DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

DeRozan is not happy about this:

One can only assume that the following tweet from Thomas is his reaction to the deal:

The concept of "loyalty in the NBA" heated up after Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City for the Warriors.

During the 2017 playoffs, Thomas played through the tragic death of his sister and battled through a hip injury.

He absolutely loved Boston and wanted to finish his career there.

The 29-year old thought he was line for a max deal from the Celtics, and instead he winded up signing for the veteran's minimum this summer with the Nuggets.

Perhaps the NBPA will fight for more "no-trade clauses" in the next CBA...?

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller