DeMarcus Cousins impresses in first game with the Pelicans
Feb 24 2017 by Kelly Saunders
The Boogie and Brow show was as good as advertised tonight against the Houston Rockets.
DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors attend practice for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
And while the Houston Rockets will be the first team to meet the new-look Pelicans on Thursday night, they're taking a relaxed approach regarding the matchup. In the first game, November 25, the Rockets set an National Basketball Association mark for 3-point field goals made and attempted.
"We see the potential", Cousins said.
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"The way we play, we get a lot of opportunities", forward Trevor Ariza said.
"We're still trying to find a rhythm and figure it out", explained Gentry. We have to get back our juices and embrace who we are. "I think we'll be fine".
On the season, the Rockets are averaging 114.4 points, 44.0 rebounds and 25.4 assists per game. But New Orleans turned the ball over 20 times couldn't keep pace with the firepower of the Rockets, who hit 20 3-pointers. The Pelicans, meanwhile, were all sorts of bad, as you'd expect from their first game with a franchise-changing player like Cousins. Cousins' is haqvig bis best year in terms of PPG, 3pt percentage and APG, and sits fourth in scoring in the league with 27.8 per game. "Hopefully it's going to heal faster than the projections". Gordon added 19, Anderson 17, Clint Capella 13, James Harden 13 and Montrezl Harrell 10.
Houston led by as many as 35 points when Eric Gordon's free throws made it 100-65 late in the third quarter. Davis led the 2012 United Kingdom team to the national championship, the school's eighth and Calipari's first.
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Rockets: Patrick Beverley had 12 rebounds for Houston. That puts him just one percentage point ahead of Davis, who sits in fifth place at 27.7.That's potentially 55 points a night divvied up between just two men. This is surely a better Pelicans team than it was before the Cousins trade, as they gave up very little that was contributing to this season's "effort" and added the best offensive post player in the league.
This is exciting! Cousins and Anthony Davis may take some time to adjust to each other - there's been a high number of turnovers so far - but the Pelicans are now a highly, highly watchable team as we head into the future.
So, no one should read too much into one game, right? On Sunday night, he scored an All-Star game record 52 points and was named MVP.
And then how's this crossover and pull-up jumper from Cousins.
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New Orleans does have some health concerns heading into the game. Bigs just aren't used to guarding this kind of offense that we have, really stretching the court.