New Orleans has not smoothed out all the wrinkles in the Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins relationship on the court. Not by a long shot. They still play next to each other more than with each other, Jrue Holiday is learning to adapt his game to having two dominant bigs on the court, finding the right tempo for the offense is still a work in progress, and the Pelicans still desperately need more shooting around their stars.
But damn. Have you seen those two play?
Already they are putting up impressive numbers, like the 57 points and 24 boards they did against the Lakers Sunday night. Sure, it’s just the “working hard to keep our top three pick” Lakers, but this is still an impressive performance. And the first win for the Pelicans with Davis and Cousins both playing. Those two are going to do this to a lot of teams going forward.
The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.
This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.
Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:
The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.
For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.
Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.
The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.
Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.
David West is 37 years old.