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Jimmy Butler explains why he loves DeMarcus Cousins: 'That's my dog'

Jimmy Butler explains why he loves DeMarcus Cousins: 'That's my dog'

DeMarcus Cousins isn't going to give you a sugar-coated answer. He's going to be honest when he responds.

That was certainly true after his Warriors debut against the Clippers on Jan. 18.

When he fouled out, Cousins' teammates jumped off the bench and greeted him as he walked off the court. After the game, Cousins called it the "fakest love" he had ever received. It was a funny sound bite, but it sums up Cousins.

It's this side of Cousins that 76ers forward Jimmy Butler loves so much. During an interview with Yahoo's Chris Haynes, Butler couldn't contain his affection for the Warriors center.

Here's the exchange between Haynes and Butler.

Chris Haynes: If there was an All-Great Quote team, first-team, you, [DeMarcus] Cousins, probably [Kevin Durant] ...

Jimmy Butler: [Russell Westbrook].

CH: Russ, yeah

JB: Russ, that's my dog too.

CH: This fool Cuz, man. First game back, right?

JB: He don't care. He don't care. He don't care.

CH: They are showering him with praises, everything. What he say, man? That's gotta be the fakest love I've ever seen.

JB: He don't care. He gonna tell it how it is.

CH: He couldn't ride the moment. He just couldn't ride the moment.

JB: No. He don't care. That's why if you know him, you love him for him. You're going to get what you're going to get. He gonna tell it how it is. That's why that's my dog.

Butler and Cousins will face each other on Thursday night when the 76ers come to Oracle Arena to face the Warriors.

Why Bob Myers believes Warriors' title run felt like 'running five marathons'

Why Bob Myers believes Warriors' title run felt like 'running five marathons'

It's hard to blame the man.

After five consecutive runs to the NBA Finals, just about every member of the Golden State Warriors organization was drained. General manager Bob Myers recently joined The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on his podcast, and went in-depth on the toll these marathon seasons have taken.

“Thinking back to my state of mind, there's things I know. I was tired, I know that. Just the five years, I don't know how that plays with the audience and listeners and how to convey that appropriately, but internally, for those that work here, that was, we felt that.”

“And not having time each offseason, leading right into the draft, leading right into free agency, I look at it as running five marathons back to back to back. And the fifth one, you're just like 'Can we cross the line?'”

Myers also constantly dealt with questions regarding the 2019 free agency period throughout the tail end of the season.

“I didn't have that kind of certainty that you intimated as far as did I know if Kevin was gonna go or stay. It was more of 'There's a lot of work to do and a lot of unknowns’.”

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KD’s departure put a bow on what was one of the most dominant three-year runs by a team in NBA history. Although the team salvaged All-Star D’Angelo Russell in the Durant sign-and-trade, the team still enters 2020 with a litany of unknowns.

“I don't think it was a fear of what was upcoming, it was just more of, there's a lot of uncertainty.”

Warriors projected to face Clippers in playoffs by ESPN real plus-minus

Warriors projected to face Clippers in playoffs by ESPN real plus-minus

With the absence of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson's torn ACL and so many changes to multiple teams, the Western Conference is more wide open than ever for the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season. 

The Warriors' time ruling the West might have come to an end, too. Golden State lost Durant to Brooklyn and will miss Thompson's two-way play for multiple months. For these reasons, ESPN's real-plus minus has the Warriors finishing the regular season closer to the No. 8 seed than the No. 1 seed. 

The projection system predicts the Warriors to be the No. 6 seed in the West. Since RPM debuted after the Warriors' first title under coach Steve Kerr, the equation has projected the Warriors to win at least 60 wins. Not anymore. 

Golden State's new-look squad is projected to have just 46.5 wins by ESPN's RPM. The Warriors have won at least 57 games in each of Kerr's five years coaching the team. 

According to the projection system, the Warriors will have fewer wins than the Rockets, Nuggets, Clippers, Jazz and Lakers. It has the Mavericks and Blazers rounding out the top-eight seeds, with the Kings barely missing the playoffs. 

This would set up a Warriors-Clippers matchup in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The two teams opened up the playoffs this past season, and the Clippers surprisingly pushed the Warriors to six games. But the Clips revamped their roster this offseason, adding stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. 

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By the time the playoffs roll around, the Warriors should have Thompson back and well understanding of each other with many new faces playing together. 

If this is how the first round of the playoffs turn out, we could be in for a treat right away.