Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of the Golden State Warriors' season.
A recent slide at the end of February saw Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins receive criticism from fans and media for his defense, leading teammate Draymond Green to step in and redirect blame to the entire team. Green's public support appeared to help lift Cousins in Golden State's 106-104 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, as the latter big man scored a season-high 27 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists.
After arguably his best game with the Warriors, Cousins couldn't help but compare the team's turbulent season to a daytime soap opera.
"Oh, it's something every day," Cousins said, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell. "It's like my grandmother - when I was younger, she had this show she used to watch. I'm sure y'all heard of it - 'As the World Turns.' She called it her story: 'I gotta watch my story.'
"I used to watch it with her; and every episode, it was something. That's what this has turned into - 'As the World Turns.'"
Cousins, who only made his Warriors debut in January after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, is averaging 15.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 20 games, numbers that pale in comparison to his career averages of 21.3 and 10.9, respectively.
He has, however, looked more like his old self since the All-Star break, registering 18.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest in nine appearances. After Wednesday's game, Green credited the first-year Warrior for adapting to the reigning champions' style amid the intense spotlight.
"The NBA is a soap opera in itself," Green said. "It's probably the best soap opera in the world. If you want to put it in those terms then, yeah, I'm sure it is. Because you got the NBA, which is a soap opera, and then you got this team, which is right in the middle of that entire soap opera.
"And then he get thrusted into that team that's right in the middle of it. So ... it's interesting."