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36 points and 22 rebounds, “DeMarcus Cousins way of doing things”

I can’t imagine there is a lot of love between DeMarcus Cousins and the Los Angeles Clippers. Cousins and Blake Griffin have had their fair share of heated exchanges over the years; DeMarcus called Blake “an actor” and said he is “babied” by the NBA, after a matchup late last season. Then about a month ago, Chris Paul, knowing Cousins’ reputation, executed one of the worst flops basketball has ever seen in an effort to draw a technical foul on the big guy. It was a bitch move, for lack of a better term, and one that took Chris Paul down a couple notches in my book. It was uncalled for, unnecessary, and DeMarcus handled it surprisingly well.

So, again, DeMarcus Cousins and the Los Angeles Clippers aren’t the best of friends. And that animosity between DeMarcus and the league’s fifth-best team is a big part of the reason why he put up arguably the best performance of his career last night. Though it came in a losing effort, Big Cuz scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds against the Clips to close out the 2012-13 regular season.

“I gave it my all,” Cousins said after the game. “I did it for the fans. It was also a statement going into next season. I want to do more for the fans and win more games.”

To quote Rick Ross on his new track “National Champs,” it was a “DeMarcus Cousins way of doing things.”

Now pay the man like an elite big guy.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

27 Comments for 36 points and 22 rebounds, “DeMarcus Cousins way of doing things”

  1. kybb
    12:37 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    He also got his 16th technical of the season last night, meaning he’s suspended for the first game of the 13-14 season. 🙂

  2. StuckAtWork
    12:39 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know what Chris Paul is thinking. I wouldn’t want to be on Cuz’s bad side.

  3. RahRah
    12:41 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    I too lost some respect for Chris Paul on that flop. Not what’s done it’s who does it and all that.
    Go DMC! I love the guy!

  4. RC
    12:47 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Slow down there Drew! I love me some Boogie but let’s not act like he’s underpaid.

    Notorious DMC isn’t a max-contract player. He’s insanely talented, woefully immature and maddeningly inconsistent effort-wise.

    Let Cousins put up big numbers for an entire season without all the drama and then he might get paid. The jury is still out on Boogie.

  5. chad spalding
    12:58 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    #4 not trying to argue with you but I did see somewhere, where Big Cuz was the highest scoring player under 24 or 25. And #2 in rebounding so…….

  6. Catsss
    1:03 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    #6 he can’t be the highest scoring player under 24 or 25 because Kevin Durant is 24 years old

  7. Oogie
    1:07 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like Cal’s first 2 big-time stars at UK are set to bust out big time next year! AD won’t be too far behind them.

  8. brain
    1:09 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    If Cuz could just grow up and get the full time focus he could be one of the best and a 10 time all star.

  9. tom
    1:14 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Another example of KSR’s futile attempt to sway people’s mind’s away from the obvious. This time, the kids on here are trying to explain why Demarcus Couins is soooo misunderstood and is really a big teddy bear. Ohh ife is so unfair and Cousins is just such a nie person.

    Several weeks ago they were trying to expain why the majority of UK fans were misguided just because they were not obsessively against Louisville keeping the national championship in the state. How much space and air time was wasted tyring to satisfy Matt Jones’ rant on that one?

    Boys and girls, you haven’t quite learned that old political adage that when you are explaining you are losing.

  10. Al B. Frank
    1:15 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Funny thing is, the highlights on SportsCenter about this game didn’t mention Boogie’s numbers, as impressive as they are. The only time Cousins was mentioned was when he blocked Blake Griffin, and they said “fouled by Cousins here, but it wasn’t called…” I’m starting to think there is merit to Cousins’ claim that he is made out to be the bad guy by the media!

  11. NEWMAN
    1:15 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    CP3’s a budding actor, what with his awesome Chris/Cliff Paul insurance commercial… but he needs to fire his acting coach for this flop.

  12. chad spalding
    1:18 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    keep on trolling, troll

  13. ktmiln2
    1:20 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    If anyone truly believes that the media AND the NBA don’t create a person’s persona, and affect their (dis)likeability, you are naive at best.

  14. Michael F. Jox
    1:29 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    #14 – Examples?

  15. RC
    1:31 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    #6- If you look at the stats from this year you’ll see a couple of things about DMC compared to other bigs- his poor FG%.

    The highest scoring big this year was LaMarcus Aldridge at #9 overall with 23 pts/9 rbs, 48% FG.
    #10 was Brook Lopez at 20/7, 52% FG.
    David Lee, 24/11, 52% FG
    Blake Griffin, 22/8, 54% FG
    Al Jefferson, 21/9, 49% FG
    Josh Smith 20/8, 47% FG
    #26 was Al Horford, 24/8, 54% FG
    #27 was David West, 20/8, 50% FG
    #28 was DeMarcus Cousins, 20/10, 47% FG

    So basically DMC put up similar numbers at well below some others on FG%. If you watch Cousins play part of this is because his guards are terrible, he takes too many long jumpers and he just doesn’t hustle on every play.

    If you watch much NBA you’ll notice that DMC is most similar on this list to Josh Smith- another historically mercurial big man who takes ill advised 3’s and was known as a head-case early in his career. Smith has picked up his game some, but nowhere near the level of teammate Al Horford when it comes to effort and intensity.

    So, Cousins is talented and full of potential but how much do you pay a kid like that? A big payday might be the worst thing that could happen to DMC. Something to think about.

  16. ashley shaffer
    1:32 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    I just lost some respect for the Chris Paul,,,,what a little bitch….

  17. mike q
    1:34 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    #14 I completely agree. There are lots of NBA stars that do the same things demarcus does and haven’t been portrayed the way he is. Demarcus does a lot of the court that is never talked about. But dwayne wade kicked a guy in his junk and broke kobes nose in the allstar game. He is not portrayed as a bad guy. Garnett is one of the dirtiest players in the league. No one looks at him as a bad guy.

  18. mikeq
    1:36 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    There are many more examples #15. Those are just a few.

  19. tom
    1:56 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    13. Hey Chad. Not a troll. Far from it. Been a Cat fan since early 70’s. Just don’t buy into folks who look through blue shades to the point that they miss reality. Say the same thing about my political party and the person sitting next to me in church. Just like realistic viewpoints.

  20. UKBlue1!
    2:25 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    Got to love big Cousins. He has some of the best athletic ability to ever wear a UK uniform. In about another 2-3 years he will be unstoppable. However, he is a poster child of why the NBA should at least think about a 2 year rule. Another year of college would have done a lot to mature him.

  21. Big Blue 66
    2:29 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    CP3 is way overated. If you watch his games alot, his stats are pumped up in garbage time or times in the game that doesnt matter. Not too many great pgs in the NBA right now, but he would be well below Rondo, DRose, Westbrook, and arguably others. Right now, I take JWall everyday of the week and twice on Sunday

  22. obvious
    2:37 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    he gave it his all, in the last game of the season, with the clips having a playoff spot already locked up and putting in <100% effort…good job boogie. try putting in that type of effort every night. does he not understand how stupid it sounds to say "I gave it my all tonight" on the last game of the season? for what he is paid, he should be doing that every single game. IMO

  23. kyle heavy
    2:51 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    22 – Your comment, “Not too many great pgs in the NBA right now” is completely BOGUS. This is the era of PGs.

  24. theWilkman
    3:21 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    CP3 is and always will be a bitch. Remember this?

  25. StuckAtWork
    3:24 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    From that picture I would have figured CP3 would still be flailing his arms like a whacky waving inflatable arm tube man while launching himself into the third row.

  26. nathan
    3:29 pm April 18, 2013 Permalink

    @16. Somebody has to shoot the ball…the kings do not have very talented players. But somebodys has to shoot every 24 seconds… If you actually watched King’s games D Cuz was the main focus of the opponents defense.