Give DeMarcus Cousins plenty of credit.
For all the criticism the Sacramento Kings NBA star takes for his on-the-court behavior, he didn’t let an injury hold him back in a very impressive performance for the Kings Tuesday night in a stunning 116-101 victory on Tuesday over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cousins was coming off a left thigh contusion and had missed two games. He also had foul trouble and was relegated to 28 minutes, but he frustrated the Clippers defense and played a large role in helping his team take home a remarkable victory.
The Kings are putting on an impressive late-season rush even though they will have a losing record and won’t be in the playoffs. Teams are starting to take notice at Sacramento.
Cousins’ performance serves notice how serious this Kings team is about winning, whether it’s in Seattle or Sacramento. Anyone on the Kings schedule the rest of the season had better take this team very seriously.
Cousins is trying to establish himself as one of the best centers in the league. He’s not there yet, but he’s coming very close. He’s at 17 points and 10 rebounds a game, and he needs to do everything in his power to make sure those numbers go up next year.
His 45.7 percent shooting from the floor isn’t bad, but for Cousins to eventually be one of the best big guys in the league, his shooting accuracy needs to improve. If it does, the Kings will be a playoff contender.