HOUSTON – The game of the regular season does not mean so much for two rivals who played seven matches in the final of the Western Conference last season.
So no one wanted to make any big conclusions after holding Golden State Warri for a 106-104 win over Houston Rockets, a team that has established itself in the last two seasons as a two-time defending champion.
"We did not learn anything we did not do anymore. You know," the guard Chris Paul said that after Wincott's nine-game victory was cut off, and any realistic hope of capturing the Warriors for the top seed of the West extinguished. "We did play them enough times when they know us, and we know them."
There is, however, a 6-foot-1
DeMarcus Cousins scored 27 points and had eight rebounds and seven assists in performance which he said was the most rhythm he felt throughout the year with the Golden State.
Golden State is the first in the Western Conference and is still a favorite to win a third consecutive NBA title. Why is this season something other than gold for warriors? But the version of cousins that appeared at the center of Toyota on Wednesday may change the dynamics of a series of playoffs, especially against the slumber. Rockets. This is the best "Boogie" is for the Warriors, setting the season tops with 27 points and seven assists, repeated harassment of the Block's Rockets.
In short, cousins are dominant as he was before, before the trauma he suffered in the last minute of a triple double presentation last January, helping the New Orleans pelicans to surrender Houston his first loss when the star trio of Rockets – Paul, James Harden and Clint Capella – was tight.
"He's just played probably the most complete game ever since he was here," says Clay Thompson, whose 30 points featured three layups and a 3-pointer of Cousins. "I mean, through his abilities, I have gone through wide open eyes, adding a whole new dimension to our team." "He saw what he could do with us tonight. "When the cousins agreed on a one-year deal with the Golden State, many people decided it might be a solution to Rockets' intense defense scheme that often attracts Warriors to rely on isolation, instead of the usually beautiful ball movement, and the success of asking the guards to protect their cousins from enjoying the painting.
But Rockets have removed much of their passage due to different staff. "For us, it is not the main focus because we we really try to take 3s and make them me to score in the paint, "said Capella." [he]] did a good job and I do not worry about it. " Neither Houston Mike Coach Antony says:" Cousins will get what their cousins receive. "Antony also mentioned that the Rocket Nene Physical Reserve Center could help make it happen harder for cousins to dominate at a low level, decided to stay Nene on Wednesday a little curious
"I do not think anyone can stop me 1-on-1, period," said the cousins who were 11- at-16. "" Honestly, you can put on someone you want. "
Cousins were clearly not a focal point in P's defense plan kets, even with Kevin Durant, because of a sprained right ankle.To cousins this is the beauty of merging with a team that can have as much firepower as in the history of the NBA
Warriors with Cousins On / Off
Definitive Performance 104.9 111.1 Off Efficiency Off Off Efficiency 91.9 99.5 Source: NBA that: cousins were often offended after almost two months that he played for the Wars as they struggle to find ways to present the low level weapon they never had. everyone has to learn – and I, "said Warrior Steve Kerr. – I have to learn how to use it better. I thought we used it better tonight. He did a phenomenal job just to get down to the block and control the game there.
According to Second Spectrum, the Wars made their cousins take their cousins at 18 posts, the second most in each player during the five seasons of Ker. He had a total of 64 touches, creating 43 points – 0.67 points created for a touch, was the best of Cousins in every game in the last two seasons.
The Warriors' crime was intrigued by using Cousins as a hub with an offensive rating of 118.3 in its 32 minutes. And Houston did not take the cousins at the other end (104.9 defense grade) because he spent most of the night hiding on PJ Tucker.
"Tonight was a good step," Stephen Curry's Star of War. – he said, speaking specifically about the cousins. "It's obvious that the regular season and much more work has to be done, but I think the way he played all the minutes when he was there knew where he was number 0 at all times."
And unlike the warriors last time I saw the rockets, you could imagine cousins are a force if the rivals meet again in May.