Still, even with all of that, he had more assists than Brooks and MT combined and shot 50% from the field, but you still choose to pick on him. Be mad at Smart, not him.
You know, its possible to love both Tyreke and Jimmer at the same time. I do.
I'm really getting to the breaking point with this team. I grew up following UCLA and John Wooden and the Lakers and Pat Riley. And now for some godforsaken reason I'm following this? I grew up when the outlet pass thrown by Walton and Jabbar was a beautiful thing to see, when you could actually see the ball not even hit the floor after the defensive rebound and the bang, bang, bang of passing that would lead to a layup. Now instead of seeing the beautiful symmetry of the fast break, I see ugly dysfunction. This is ugly basketball.
This team hasn't even gone on an extended road trip yet. They are getting tons of practice time by NBA standards. If they can't come out with energy and efficiency against the Pacers, then I can't wait until the dog days of January and February. Instead of the .500 prediction I made, the .250 prediction would have been more accurate for this year.
PS I can't help but ponder what Cousins will do when he's really tired on an extended road trip and they've just lost four or five in a row.
I do not see how any one can blame a game like last night against the Pacers on the rotation/substitutions. There was no answer for West and Green. The Kings consistently made lazy entry passes which lead to many turnovers and several easy buckets the other way. Those are really 4 point plays because you lose the possession and give up 2. Indiana deserves some credit for their defense, especailly out front. The last shot by Thornton was terrible because they had a 6 10 guy on him. The Kings lead the League in a stat no one keeps track of - one-on-one percentage. All this and a victory was still withinn reach.
I would fine a player on this team every time his man beats him in transition for an uncontested lay-up. Stop the point leakage from this alone and win some games like last night without doing anything else differently.
I'm just taking pot shots at him. You know, our big 6'11" center with all the talent in the world? The guy with so many moves, he can score at will? The guy who has more talent than just about any center, yet somehow shoots a lower percentage than pretty much all of them?
I bet if you switched Thompson's and Cousins' roles, Jason would score more points with greater efficiency than Cousins if he was allowed to attempt the same amount of shots.
At this point I'm starting to laugh at how bad he is in every game. What other center would take 17 shots, hit 9 out of 10 free throws and only go home with 19 points? Any other somewhat talented center scores 4 baskets that Cousins' misses and we walk away with a W.
What other center routinely gets the ball at the HIGH, high post when they have an advantage inside? Normally, it's your Brad Millers or Kevin Love types that get the ball there.
Why do we do it? Because our guards all want to drive, so we move Cousins out of the way. It should really be the reverse.
Not to say we always have great spacing. Even when Cousins works inside, the floor is spread in such a way that there's hardly ever a passing lane.
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I in fact think he does. And that is pretty common nowadays, especially for a player with a PF skill package like Cousins. Thus complaints about it are often misplaced, EXCEPT for the balance issue. Have him with a 50/50 inside/outside split and it makes sense for his skillset. In ths game though it was nearly 100% outside, which was either a mistake, or possibly a response to big ole Hibbert in there. If the latter, that too could make sense, and the truth is that Boogie had him. It could have worked. But he wasn't smart enough. Hibbert couldn't handle him off the dribble, and because of that the entire second half Cousins had wide open jumpers nearly every play. The problem was he didn't take thm.
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This game he shot 29% and only got blocked twice because he played outside. I've never heard of a center that routinely gets shut down like this.
Cousins should be the 5th option behind Tyreke, Thornton, Thompson and Brooks. I'd rather have Brooks just jacking up random shots than Cousins wasting our time taking the bulk of our shots and only hitting 30% of them most the time.
Did Jimmer get crossed up and fall at one point or was i imagining that?