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Scouting the Warriors: How does DeMarcus Cousins impact the matchup?

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The Celtics and Warriors can almost always be counted on for memorable matchups and few teams in the NBA have played Golden State tougher over the past three seasons than Boston (3-3 overall).

The dynamics of this head-to-head battle have changed over the past year though with DeMarcus Cousins entering the fold as a key weapon for the Warriors. How exactly does he impact this battle on both ends of the floor and could his presence end up being a net positive for Boston?

Let's look at the dynamics at play as the hottest team in the league (nine-game winning streak) comes to town to try to end the C's 10-game run of victories at the TD Garden on Saturday night.

Warriors on Offense
117.2 points scored per 100 possessions (1st)
Pace: 100.5 possessions/game (10th)
Four factors
eFG%: .562 (1)
TOV rate: 12.2% (17)
OReb rate: 23.2% (15)
FT/FGA rate: .196 (17)

Celtics on defense
106.1 points allowed per 100 possessions (5th)
Four factors
eFG%: .505 (3)
TOV rate: 13.7% (5)
DReb rate: 77.2% (14)
FT/FGA rate: .206 (19)

What to watch for when the Warriors have the ball:

How do the Celtics handle Boogie? The surprise summer acquisition for the defending champions made his season debut last weekend and now has three games in the books. He’s still on a bit of a minutes limit (played a season-high 24 in Washington on Wednesday night), but the offensive numbers have been surprisingly stellar so far for the former All-Star (13 ppg, 7.0 rpg 46% FG, 57% 3pt).