Kerr sounded just as intrigued about Cousins for different reasons. While the Warriors’ young reserves have questions about their long-term potential after losing veteran reserves in JaVale McGee, David West and Nick Young, Cousins has questions both about his recovery and if he can adapt to the Warriors’ fast pace. Still, Kerr envisioned showing “a lot of interesting stuff we can do with DeMarcus,” including featuring him as a post player, screen setter, jump shooter and facilitator. “DeMarcus gives us a dynamic we haven’t really had, a really dominant big man,” Kerr said. “I think our players will take a lot of joy out of helping DeMarcus come back from the injury and helping him rebound and get his career back on track and in turn lean on him to help us win again. I think it’s going to be a really good scene for our season.”
February 23, 2019 | 9:35 pm EST Update
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat, Rodney McGruder (bruised right knee) will not return to tonight’s game vs the Pistons. His status will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
February 23, 2019 | 8:52 pm EST Update
Karl-Anthony Towns remains in concussion protocol and will not play for Minnesota against Milwaukee, a night after missing a game for the first time in his career. The All-Star forward was in a car accident Thursday and didn’t play Friday in New York, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started. He traveled with the Timberwolves for the game in Milwaukee on Saturday, rather than return to Minnesota, but hadn’t been cleared to play again.
Being unable to play has troubled Towns, coach Ryan Saunders said. “People asked me if he cared about his [consecutive games] streak,” Saunders said. “He hasn’t and didn’t mention one thing along those lines. It was all about being there for his teammates and contributing. He even had somebody run out and make sure he could get a sport coat so he was dressed properly on the bench so he could be there with his teammates. That says a lot about Karl.”
Jason Anderson: Worth noting: Joerger said his exchange with Hield “wasn’t about shot selection,” but it WAS about Hield not running the play he called. Kind of a distinction without a difference. Anyway, the words you all probably want to hear Joerger say about Buddy: “I love him to death.”