To say that tonight’s match-up against the Sacramento Kings is a must win for the Los Angeles Clippers would be like claiming that bulletin board material does in fact motivate an inferior team to slingshot their way to an improbable victory. Anger doesn’t translate to bigger, stronger, and faster; it simply makes the chip bigger.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins‘ post game dis aimed at a congratulating Clipper guard Chris Paul made the current log on the NBA assist leader’s shoulder look like a tooth pick. Not a smart move when you’re hosting a championship caliber team on a full stomach and you just ticked off their best player less than week ago.
More importantly, the Kings have the attention of a team nursing a three game winning streak and a light work week. And that’s as they would have been looking ahead at an Indiana Pacer team that’s playing every game like it’s the end of an NBA Finals series. There’s no better way to burn off an extra slice of red velvet cake.
In fairness to Cousins, he ran amok against the Clippers Saturday with a career day and dominated in just about every statistical category while exposing the team’s inability protect the paint when matched up against a bottom heavy big man. They also have point guard Isaiah Thomas who can get where he wants when he wants which sheds defenders off Cousins leaving him single covered and unstoppable.
That said it’s Sacramento so it’s irrelevant unless you live in the state of California and need to contact the DMV.
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