All of those words, and dozens more, were thrown at Kings center Demarcus Cousins Saturday night at Target Center. A year ago, they may have been fitting, but now, they seem more silly than anything else. Demarcus has put his infamous temperament aside and has become the leader the Kings need, and the leader the city of Sacramento deserves.
Throughout the game, Demarcus bullied his way through the post. He finished with ridiculous numbers; 31 points on 11-15 shooting, 18 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 assists. All the Kings had to do was pass it to Cousins-and he did the rest. Cousins didn’t just look like an All-Star Saturday night, he looked like an All-NBA player. If his play keeps up, the Kings could see an end to their 8 year playoff drought.
The only team with a longer playoff drought than Sacramento, however, is Minnesota, who have failed to make the playoffs every season since 2004. The last time the Wolves were in the playoffs, the Vikings starting quarterback was Dante Culpepper, and the Twins starting outfield consisted of Jacque Jones, Shannon Stewart, and Torii Hunter. Unfortunately, the Wolves impressive streak of futility seems unlikely to end this season, due in large part to an early rash of injuries that has completely depleted Minnesota’s rotation.
Even if playoffs aren’t in the Wolves plans this April, there is hope for the future, and thy name is Andrew Wiggins.
On both sides of the ball Saturday, Wiggins displayed extended glimpses Wolves fans have been waiting for. Wiggins was the aggressive force Minnesota hoped for when they aquired him. He played a career high 41 minutes scoring a career high 29 points., and never slowed down. When he drove, he did so with a purpose, going right into contact and drawing fouls.
On defense, Wiggins was just as impressive. He intercepted passing lanes to the tune of 4 steals, and didn’t commit his first foul until late in the fourth quarter.
When Wiggins starts putting together games such as Saturday, where he dominates both sides of the ball, the NBA better watch out.