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DeMarcus Cousins will force Warriors to make drastic changes on defense

DeMarcus Cousins will force Warriors to make drastic changes on defense
Published On: Fri, Jan 11
Mar 27, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) shoots against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY.

WhenA describing the role and expectations for DeMarcus CousinsA as a Warrior, Steve Kerr chooses his words carefully, not so much about Cousins on offense but certainly in regards to the big mana€™s defensive responsibilities.

a€œWea€™ll be much better suited to guard some of the big, huge centers,a€ the coach says. a€œGuys like (Oklahoma City center) Steven Adams and (Utaha€™s) Rudy Gobert, (Portlanda€™s Jusuf) Nurkic. Wea€™ve been pretty small against those guys and that pose a big threat.

a€œThe flip side of that is (Cousins has to) guard the perimeter. Wea€™ll have to play around defensively to figure out how we want to guard the pick-and-roll.a€

The term a€œplay arounda€ is, in this instance, a euphemism for a€œmake adjustments.a€ Ita€™s something the Warriors must do. And those adjustments will have to be substantial.

In winning back-to-back championships, the Warriors utilized a switch-heavy defense, with defenders relying less on fighting through picks and more on simply attaching themselves to whomever comes their way. It has been tremendously successful largely because their roster has been versatile enough to make it work.

The ability to switch and do a decent job defending the perimeter has inflated the value of Kevon Looney. It was a contributing factor in Kerra€™s decision to bump up Jordan Bella€™s playing time in the last two series of the 2018 postseason.

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