February 29, 2016, 10:55 pm
DeMarcus Cousins scored 35 points on 14-of-33 shooting (0-for-4 3PTs, 7-of-11 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists, four steals and six turnovers in 34 minutes of action on Monday against the Thunder, and that was just the start of it as he suffered knee and ankle injuries during the game.
“I’m banged up, but I’ll be alright,” said Cousins, who played through the injuries with the game well out of reach. Watching Cousins run up and down the floor in one of the most ridiculously mismatched offensive systems of the last 10 years — all while eschewing easy post buckets — only to see him constantly hit the ground after flailing drives is a spectacular disaster.
All season George Karl has played Cousins deep into games with the outcomes out of reach, all while he desperately needs time off to heal multiple injuries and he sits on 14 technical fouls with 45 days to go in the season. Cousins gets a suspension at 16 of them, a fact Karl surely knows. Rudy Gay, another guy that needs more rest than run, just strained a shoulder in a game that was out of reach. One has to wonder when somebody steps in and stops the bleeding, because Karl’s tenure in Sacramento has been a massive, undeniable failure. Players aren’t just getting coached poorly — now they’re getting hurt for no reason all while the team purportedly wants to make a playoff run.