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Steve Kerr explains how DeMarcus Cousins was 'pain in the a**' to Warriors

Steve Kerr explains how DeMarcus Cousins was 'pain in the a**' to Warriors

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday night at 6 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins made his season debut on Jan. 18 against the Clippers.

He's back in action, and pretty much everything surrounding his return has been positive. But his year of rehab certainly had its trials and tribulations ... and there were certainly some dark times.

The process was not easy for the four-time All-Star. It also wasn't completely rosy and drama-free for the Warriors.

“I’ll be dead honest with you and you can print this: he was a pain in the a** when we were trying to get him ready and scrimmage,” Steve Kerr said (while laughing) to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. “He was just so angry, because he wasn’t playing.

“He was just in a bad mood because he’s a passionate, emotional person and you think about what was taken away with the injury, not just the playing time and the joy of being out there, but the contract that he was looking at. His life got turned upside down.”

Yes, it did.

And now Cousins is hoping to change the narrative surrounding him and his long-term potential. The blueprint is to win a championship, prove he is back to being the player he once (was while being a great locker room presence) and secure a big payday in free agency.

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If things go according to plan, it will all have been worth it. But Cousins will never forget the lows of the recovery. Those scrimmages against Warriors staffers in December and January were not fun for the two-time All-NBA selection.

“I hated it!” Cousins told The Athletic last week.“I hated it so much. I hated it. But I appreciated those guys just grinding with me, going through that grind with me, laying their bodies on the line. Of course, they’re not in basketball shape or even prepared physically to be out there playing. But to risk that for me … I appreciate those guys for it."

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

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

The Warriors have put the Clippers on the brink. On Wednesday night in Game 5 of their best-of-seven first-round series of the NBA playoffs, they have a chance to bring Los Angeles' season to an end.

Golden State has rebounded since coughing up a big lead in their Game 2 loss to win each of the last two games, including a 113-105 victory in Game 4 on Sunday. With a win Wednesday, the Warriors would advance to the second round, where they would await the victor of the first-round series between the Rockets and Jazz (Houston currently leads three-games-to-one).

Kevin Durant (28.8) and Steph Curry (25.0) have combined to averaged 53.8 points per game so far in the series, the second-highest scoring average for any duo in the playoffs behind Portland's Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (57.4 ppg).

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Here's how you can watch Warriors-Clippers Game 5, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 7:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 24 (pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Game 5 lineups, injuries and usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Game 5 lineups, injuries and usage

OAKLAND - Last week, the Warriors left Oracle on the short end of the worst playoff collapse in NBA history. Now, the champs will look to close out the first-round series against the Clippers in Game 5 Wednesday night.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 o'clock with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame Live at 6:30 and a scheduled 7:30 pm tip-off. 

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In parts of the series, the Warriors have shown stretches of complacency, squandering a 31-point lead in Game 2. With a second-round matchup with the Rockets on the horizon, Golden State will be wise to wrap up their current series as soon as possible. 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant 
F Draymond Green
C Andrew Bogut
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Clippers
F Danilo Gallinari
C Ivica Zubac
G Patrick Beverley
G Landry Shamet
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexader

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins (Left Quadriceps Tear) and Damian Jones (Left Pectoral Surgery) are out.

Clippers: None

ROTATION OUTLOOK 

Warriors

After shooting just 3-of-14 from the field Sunday afternoon, Curry will look to find his shot in a closeout game. 

The sharpshooter will also look to overcome his propensity to reach during the series. Over his last four games, Curry has accumulated 17 fouls, prompting him to etch the message "no" and "reach" on his shoes prior to Game 4. 

After reminding the media who he is, Durant is averaging 35.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds over his last two games. 

Clippers

Gilgeous-Alexander scored a playoff career-high 25 points in Game 4 and has Golden State's attention. 

Meanwhile, the Warriors help neutralize Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams in Game 4 and will need a repeat of that defensive performance in Game 5. 

Last week, it looked as if the Clippers may have found the anecdote for the Warriors' All-Star cast of characters after LA took Game 3. However, after two dominant performances in Los Angeles, Golden State looks primed to close out the series Wednesday night.  

Officials: Marc Davis (#8), John Goble (#30), Pat Fraher (#26) Alternate: Gediminas Petraitris (#50)