The Warriors finish up their five-game road trip on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. Golden State has won three of four on this road trip, but there’s alway a challenge when it comes to the final game of a trip.
I talked to Joe, Lo and Dibs on 95.7-FM The Game this morning to discuss the Warriors, this last game of the roadie, David West’s contribution, DeMarcus Cousins’ future in Sacramento and a few other topics. Below is a link to that interview as well as the talking points of some of that discussion:
–If there’s one thing the Warriors have proven over the past two or three years, it’s that they find their own motivation where others might not see it. While the final game of a road trip can sometimes prove challenging, for the Warriors it’s more of an opportunity.
The Warriors have handled the Pelicans over the past four years, winning 15 of their past 16 regular-season games against them. So, I’m not sure it matters when Golden State plays this team.
–The Warriors continue to look for big bodies to fill the middle. Zaza Pachulia is expected to miss his third consecutive game tonight, and we’ll see who coach Steve Kerr starts. In the first game Pachulia missed, Kerr went with Anderson Varejao; in the second, Kerr went with Kevon Looney; perhaps tonight he’ll go with David West, who played a nice fourth quarter on Sunday against the Timberwolves.
–DeMarcus Cousins had a big game on Monday night for the Kings, leading them to a 116-92 victory over the Lakers. Cousins had 31 points, 16 rebounds and five assists, but he also picked up his league-leading ninth technical foul of the year.
The question, as it pertains to Cousins, is this: Do the Kings need to trade him to move forward as a franchise? I think they do, and, in fact, I see similarities to Cousins in Sacramento and Monta Ellis in Golden State back in the day.
First question: How do you acquire a player if you’re Sacramento that’s as good as Cousins, to help elevate the franchise, or at least someone good enough that he’ll respect in order to do same?