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.