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NBA Finals 2019: DeMarcus Cousins 'far from a finished product' after return from injury

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The Golden State Warriors left Toronto with the series tied up at one-win all and Game 2 was won thanks in part to a huge role by the returning DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins was inserted into the starting lineup after playing eight minutes in his return to the hardwood in the opening game of the NBA Finals.

His minimal impact in the first game was met with a resounding 11 point, 10 rebound and 6 assist showing as the Warriors won on the road.

After losing Kevin Looney for the remainder of the series, Cousins' role and importance takes on an even greater meaning.

In only his second game back, Cousins knows he has more to give and is looking forward to producing back in the Bay Area.

"I'm far from a finished product. That's the encouraging part about all of this. I know I got a lot of work to do. I know I got a lot of room for improvement. So obviously it's a process, and I just got to go through it," Cousins said.

In his first ever trip to the NBA Playoffs, Cousins was struck down in the second game of the opening round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

But his return for the Finals has been met with happiness by his teammates who have experienced their fair share of playoff and finals experience.

"For this to be his first Finals experience, you can't be more happy for him to have an opportunity to really impact the series in a positive way for us," Stephen Curry said.

Curry knows the impact of Cousins on the remainder of the series will play a pivotal role in deciding the outcome.

"Game 2 was a huge step in the right direction in terms of him being able to play that many minutes and just increase his workload with all he's been through this last, call it, what, 16, 18 months.

"So happy to have him back. He's going to be huge for us the rest of the series. And you can tell he's reminding people of how special of a talent he is and how versatile he is and how he's been playing and just getting more comfortable with his body out there. I think it's only going to continue to improve as the series goes on.

"I think for him it's just becoming still more confident in his ability to put pressure on defenses on the block and use his size, get some easy buckets down there.

"I think defensively he's been amazing.

"So just assume that his confidence level is going to continue to increase as he gets some more minutes under his belt. That should be a good sign for us as a team."

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