With Kevin Durant taking a break from his latest hot stretch and Stephen Curry shot for 30 weeks for the first time in five weeks, Warriors sought someone to fill the cavity.
At the same time, DeMarcus Cousins was seeking a game reminding him of the player he once was.
Both the team and the man got what they needed on Monday night.
After being abused in the defense in the first quarter, cousins returned in the second quarter and continued to play perhaps his best game as a warrior in a 121-110 victory over the Hornets at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
"He's got a few other good ones, but that's the happiest he has seen," coach Steve Kerr told reporters in North Carolina. "He saw the most comfortable tonight. He made a couple of moves around the hanger where he showed great agility.
" This is the best he has seen. "
Cousins scored a season high of 24 points and also grabbed a game of high 1
Moreover, the cousins could bend their muscles and blink his skills for 31 minutes, the most he has since been activated on January 18 after nearly a year to restore and rehabilitate in the wake of the break of his left Achilles tendon.
"I am happier than the current game," said cousins. because I give Steve a big hug after this. "
Cousins have been appealing for several minutes, with sports director Rick Celebrini and Kerr playing it cautiously.
" He's hoping to (increase) his minutes, " said Kerr. "He's told m It is, and I am well aware of that. And he played really well tonight, so we were very comfortable with the rotation and the way it worked. "
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But cousins, in turn, got their comfort zone in the second quarter in opening minutes and maintained it too much of the game and gave as much as he got. worked over the Hornets on misdemeanors, using pet moves to go 9-15 of the field and joining the plus-10 to the game.
K has cussing me out (say) & stop thinking about it and just go play my game, said cow siner, citing Kevin Durant. "JC (assistant coach Jarron Collins) has also been in the head to just go out and be aggressive."
cousins have generally been aggressive. The problem was that there were too many occasions when his aggression took over his sentence, which resulted in errors or turnover. Having given it up to six times against Houston, cousins had a turnover against Charlotte.
"It was huge for him, more for him to get his legs up under him, watch the ball go in the rim and come back to make the moves he usually does," Durant said.
This was an evening when neither Durant (7-of-15, 20 points) nor Curry (5-of-18, 16 points) scorched the nets. There will be several such nights because it is the way of the game. Klay Thompson came through with 26 points – solid but not indicative of a breakthrough.
[RELATED: Steph emphasizes Dubs & # 39; cannot lose the joy as they fight ]  It may be what cousins did, practically diving into the hole and busting out with the kind of game that brought a few memories.
"It feels good to get a good one under my belt," he said. "I hope this one transfers to the next game."