Boogie says he's better than ever ahead of Warriors debut
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After winning six straight games and scoring 140-plus points in three of their last four contests, the Golden State Warriors are set to welcome All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. To make matters worse for the rest of the Association, Cousins - who hasn't played in the NBA since tearing his Achilles nearly a year ago - believes he's better than ever.

"Well, obviously, I won't be the same player. I've gotten better," Cousins told ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "So you know, a lot of things have changed in my game. You start to tune up other areas of your game: jump shooting, skill work. I think everything has just increased and gotten better."

The Warriors (31-14) were sloppy to start the season, suffering from a locker-room meltdown between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry's struggles with a groin injury, and Klay Thompson's shooting funk.

The team has since shifted gears to make a quick leap back to the top of the Western Conference standings. Now the Warriors will welcome Cousins into the fold to give their starting lineup five All-NBA caliber talents.

Boogie averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in 48 appearances with the New Orleans Pelicans last season.

Boogie says he's better than ever ahead of Warriors debut
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