Kings notes: Blazers had no answer for Cousins in back-to-back series
11/10/2013 12:00 AM
10/08/2014 11:03 AM
For the second night in a row, the Portland Trail Blazers couldn't figure out how to slow down DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins scored 33 points in the Kings' 96-85 loss to the Blazers on Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena.
Cousins scored 35 points Friday night in Portland.
"He's a load down there," said Portland coach Terry Stotts. "I give Joel (Freeland) and Robin (Lopez) in particular a lot of credit. We didn't double. They took the challenge. It's tough guarding him. He's very talented."
The Blazers, however, could live with that as long as the rest of the Kings were unable to get going on offense.
The other four starters managed 16 points, shooting 8 for 23. Cousins shot 13 of 24.
"Obviously, (Cousins is) a great player, but I think you almost have to let him get his and he's going to," Lopez said. "I think by not doubling, you don't really let anybody else get off too much, especially from the 3-point line, where that can really hurt you."
Cousins is averaging 23.5 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting 49.1 percent.
The Blazers took the chance again that even if Cousins dominated, the rest of the Kings would not get going.
"He gets to the paint, but by not doubling (him), it didn't open up 3-point shooting and it didn't open up some other things," Stotts said. "It kept some of the other guys out of the game. But Cousins is a talented big man. He's as talented as they come."
From long range – Fan John Arrolo of Sacramento won a new car by banking in a halfcourt shot during a second-quarter timeout.
Arrolo ran around the court celebrating as the crowd stood to cheer for him.
Home cooking – Starting with Saturday's game, the Kings are on a five-game homestand. The Kings play eight of their first 10 games at home.
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