Los Angeles-In his first game as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, within a minute, DeMarcus Cousins bypassed Enes Kanter, grabbed his offensive rebound, and Scored in front of Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.
After signing a 10-day contract on Monday, Cousins played for the team for the first time. In Tuesday’s Clippers defeat of the Portland Trail Blazers 133-116, Cousins scored 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 7 minutes.
Paul George said: “He is great.” He made 6 three-pointers and scored 36 points. “He is an All-Star player. He is still one of the most skilled big men in the league. He can finish the game and he can grab the rebounds. I think you can see a lot from him tonight, and he showed that he still There are many things to do.”
The Clippers are the latest stop for the cousins, because a serious injury threatened his All-Star career. Cousins tore his Achilles’ heel with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2018 and had a long recovery before returning. Then, he suffered a quadriceps tear in the first round of the 2019 playoffs with the Golden State Warriors. He returned and played in the finals against the Toronto Raptors, then joined the Los Angeles Lakers, but tore his ACL before 2019. 20 seasons began.
After missing all games of the previous season, Cousins returned and played 25 games with the Houston Rockets this season before being released. This is a hard and long way to go.
Cousins said: “To get to this place, I put in a huge effort.” “I feel good, my body feels good. I may be in the best state of my entire career. At this point, this is To go out, put everything together, and then continue to prove that I am healthy, I am a high-level person playing this game here.
“I understand my situation. No matter what opportunity is given to me, I plan to make the most of it and control everything I can control.”
Cousins provided the Clippers with a much-needed center position, and Serge Ibaka (guard) was absent for the twelfth consecutive game. The cousins set up a screen in their first game since February 17, grabbed two offensive rebounds, and made four fouls into the free throw line.
“Cousins are great,” Clippers coach Ty Lu said. “[It’s] It’s just difficult, because he doesn’t know how many goals, so our offensive ability is limited.But he has a problem [for opponents]. He is a big burden, he can shoot, he can shoot 3, and he can pass basketball. …Just to make him healthy, to adapt him to what we are doing offensively and defensively, but we already know that he is a great talent. “
The cousins are also familiar with the Clippers. He is a former teammate of the recently acquired Rajon Rondo. He played for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team with George and played with Patrick Patterson of the University of Kentucky.
Cousin Cousins said he didn’t see the Clippers’ weaknesses. They won two consecutive games between the Lakers and the Trail Blazers.
“Obviously, they have a two-headed snake in Kawhi [Leonard] And PG,” Cousins said, “Obviously, other people’s work is to make their work easier. I think this may be one of the most complete teams in the league. I will do my best to help this team and improve it. I really don’t see what this team lacks. “
George said he is looking forward to seeing Cousins return to the Clippers and become an All-Star.
George said: “He can still really play at a high level.” “So I look forward to him getting into trouble. He sees the floor and becomes a great teammate for us.”