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If DeMarcus Cousins is this good, the NBA is as doomed as we all expected

If DeMarcus Cousins is this good, the NBA is as doomed as we all expected
Published On: Thu, Mar 14
Apr 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts to a call during the second quarter of the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

AA Golden State WarriorsA three-peat felt inevitable even beforeA DeMarcus CousinsA suited up. Now, thoughts to the contrary seem plain irresponsible.

There was a time fans dreamt the Warriors could come crashing down ifA CousinsA couldna€™t come back in full shape from a ruptured Achilles that cost him the end of last season and the beginning of this one. NBA contrarians hoped his injury restricted his movement, took lift from his jump shot, and immobilized an alreadyA slowA big, to say nothing of the chemistry problems his combustable personality might cause.

But Boogie has slowly been proving those ideas invalid, and on Wednesday night, he made his biggest statement so far in a win over theA Rockets.

With Kevin Durant out of the lineup and Golden State on the road,A CousinsA powered the Warriors to a 106-104 win against a Rockets team that had won nine in a row. Boogie went off for a season-best 27 points, with a well-rounded eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Warriors played their offense through this supposed potential weak link, and won.A They played at a drastically slower rateA with Cousins in the game and outscored the Rockets by 13 points per 100 possessions in those minutes.

What a luxury it is for one of the greatest dynasties ever to also add a player like Cousins.

Cousins was the Warriorsa€™ best passer of the night

Boogie scored only seven points in the first half, but he made the most of his minutes as a facilitator early on. This is the first time in Cousinsa€™ career that hea€™s been around so much talent, and his willingness to pass on so-so shots to create better ones was never a given. Yet hea€™s been a terrific all-around teammate, and showcased that vision against Houston.

Cousins saw cutters and passed out of the block, which negated any double-teams Houston sent his way. Occupying the opposing big men a€” whether they wereA Kenneth FariedA orA Clint CapelaA a€” was essential in making way for a cuttingA Klay ThompsonA all night.

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