Warriors Under Review: DeMarcus Cousins plays best game of season

Warriors Under Review: DeMarcus Cousins plays best game of season

HOUSTON - The Warriors got an important win Wednesday evening, beating the Rockets 106-104 to both keep their spot atop the Western Conference and avoid a season sweep. 

In a matchup between two high-powered offenses, it was the Warriors' defense throughout the night that kept the Rockets at bay. 

For a team in search of a consistent effort, the win helped the Dubs towards that goal as they trudge through a grueling four-game trip. 

Here are some of the positives and negatives from the game:


Boogie on down

DeMarcus Cousins was dominant, finishing with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. 

Throughout the night, Boogie showed flashes of his pre-injury days, routinely taking advantage of Houston's switch-heavy defense, punishing undersized defenders in the post. 

More impressively, Cousins played well defensively, even drawing a first-quarter charge on James Harden and earned minutes down the stretch from Steve Kerr. 

In a game the Warriors needed his production, especially with Kevin Durant out with an ankle injury, Cousins delivered. 


Klay Day (And Everybody's Celebratin') 

With all the talk of Cousins' breakout game, Klay Thompson had a achieved a milestone of his own, making his 200th 3-pointer of the season, joining his teammate Stephen Curry as the only other player to reach 200 or more 3-pointers in seven consecutive seasons. 

When asked if Curry and Thompson were the top two shooters in NBA history, Draymond Green had a frank answer: "100 percent." 

No arguments here.


Chef still isn't cooking from beyond the arc

While his Splash Brother continues to shoot the ball at a historic level, Stephen Curry is struggling to find a rhythm from 3-point range. Following 3-of-9 performance Wednesday night, Curry is now shooting just 31 percent from 3-point range over his last eight games. 

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Warriors avoid the season sweep against Houston

While the Rockets won the season series for the second straight season, they did not run the table. Golden State's win also starts the four-game trip off on a good note. But, win or not, Green wasn't worried too much about the season series following the game. 

"We don't need to be juiced up from them," Green said. "We beat them. So we don't need to be juiced up for them to get on their level. That's dumb. That doesn't make sense."

2019 NBA Draft rumors: Live updates, latest news, draft-day trade talk

2019 NBA Draft rumors: Live updates, latest news, draft-day trade talk

The 2019 NBA Draft is here. 

The Raptors knocked off the injury-ravaged Warriors just a week ago to win their first NBA championship in franchise history, but we're already on to the first phase of the offseason.

On Thursday night, Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Ja Morant and others will have their NBA dreams realized when commissioner Adam Silver calls their name. 

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The lead up to the NBA draft also should hold plenty of intrigue. The Lakers reportedly are trying to clear more cap space in an effort to add another max slot alongside LeBron James and the soon-to-arrive Anthony Davis. The Warriors, meanwhile, are looking for a way to add talent to a roster that was hit hard by severe injuries in the NBA Finals. How will the Kings use their three second-round picks? It's sure to be a fun day.

You can follow all of the draft-day trade rumors, news and talk below:

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NBA mock draft: First-round pick projections for all 30 selections

NBA mock draft: First-round pick projections for all 30 selections

It’s draft time!

With the 2019 NBA Draft just hours away, a slightly clearer picture has developed. The top three picks are close to a lock, but with the huge trade over the weekend between the Pelicans and Lakers, the draft board could get very interesting at the No. 4 pick.

Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers changes the whole league, and yes, the draft as well. The Jazz also acquired veteran point guard Mike Conley and shipped the No. 23 pick to Memphis in the deal.

There are a handful of teams with multiple picks and it should be an active evening as teams prep for what lies ahead this summer.