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Warriors didn't play with a certain attitude in Game 1, 'it's just losing sucks'

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Warriors didn't play with a certain attitude in Game 1, 'it's just losing sucks'

Game 1 vs the Spurs went very well for the Warriors.

They never trailed, led by as many as 28 points and played terrific defense.

Were they trying to send a message?

"I wouldn't say it was an attitude. It was just moreso we didn't like the way we played coming down the stretch of the season," Kevin Durant told reporters after practice on Sunday. "Draymond said it before practice -- 'losing sucks' -- and we had a taste of that, especially when guys were out.

"Guys came back and we still lost some games -- big losses. And it's just losing sucks, especially when you've tasted winning already. You don't want to go backwards.

"We just wanted to win, we wanted to play well, we wanted to play hard -- when we play hard, the rest of the game takes dictates itself."

Speaking of Draymond -- he got off a slow start offensively, but made two 3-pointers in the second half and racked up nine of his game-high 11 assists after the break.

He also had a certain "attitude" during his postgame press conference.

"A lot of people have tend to forgot what we're capable of. We know, and we're gonna show it."

Can it just be 7:30 tonight already?

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

Pelicans GM Dell Demps has nothing but kind words for DeMarcus Cousins

Pelicans GM Dell Demps has nothing but kind words for DeMarcus Cousins

It was 17 months ago when DeMarcus Cousins was traded from Sacramento to New Orleans, the newest member of the Pelicans, bringing unquestioned basketball gifts but burdened by an image that weighed about three tons.

That load is considerably lighter now. The Pelicans were good for Cousins, and he was, according to New Orleans general manager Dell Demps, good for them.

“We were having success, and things are good when you’re winning games,” Demps said Wednesday on The Warriors Insider Podcast. “A lot of times, when you’re losing games, things become magnified. There’s fuel on the fire.

“I don’t know what happened in Sacramento . . . but I know his time with us, we had success with him. It was a good run.”

Yet when Cousins became a free agent in July, discussions with the Pelicans didn’t advance past the conversation stage. So the 6-foot-11 center reached out to the Warriors and ended up leaving New Orleans.

“I understand,” said Cousins while looking back on his time with the Pelicans in a Showtime video clip released Wednesday. “They had a big year. They don’t want to ruin it taking a chance on me. I’m a damaged player. Cool.”

In Sacramento for the better part of seven productive years that were by turns trying and turbulent, Cousins’ first full season in New Orleans arguably was the best of his career. He was averaging 25.2 points on 47 percent shooting (35.4 percent from deep), a career-high 12.9 rebounds and a career-high 5.4 assists when he sustained a torn left Achilles’ tendon on Jan 26.

That injury cost Cousins his first playoff appearance.

The injury, which can take up to a year to fully heal, occurred in the final seconds of a 115-113 victory over the Rockets that was the seventh win in eight games for New Orleans. Cousins had posted a triple-double: 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

“When he was injured, we were fourth in the West,” Demps said. “It was a sad day. There was a cloud over the city, for a little while.

“But we wish (Cousins) nothing but the best. He’s a good guy, he’s a tough guy, he’s going to compete and he’s an incredible basketball player.

Demps cited Cousins’ relationship with Pelicans star Anthony Davis as a factor in easing Cousins’ transition to New Orleans. Though Cousins still played with plenty of emotion last season, he averaged one technical foul every 4.8 games, the lowest ratio since 2011-12, his second season with the Kings.

Cousins' popularity increased to a level that he received a standing ovation when shown on the scoreboard during Game 3 of the first-round playoff series between the Pelicans and Trail Blazers. That was followed by chants of “Boogie, Boogie, Boogie.”

The Warriors hope that showing can be repeated sometime next season. Cousins likely will miss much of the early season, but he hopes to return, healthy and active, before the next calendar year.

As for the concerns about Cousins adversely impacting the Warriors' fast-paced style of play -- he’s known to do his best work in the half court -- Demps offered a bit of a rebuttal.

“We played with pace with DeMarcus,” he said. “When he went out, I think we were sixth in pace. He’ll be fine. Talent has a way of just figuring it out.”

For the record, the Pelicans indeed were sixth in pace. They did, however, speed it up to another level after Cousins went down. They finished No. 1.

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