via Ken Berger:
Kings announce they have suspended DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”
While they’ve repeatedly stated a long-term commitment to Cousins, I don’t see how this marriage can last; the young power forward has apparently not made any progress with his maturity issues.
It begs the question – if the Kings reach a point where they’ve had enough, should/would the Rockets pursue? Cousins has the talent to be the best offensive big man in the game. And a back to the basket presence is the one element this Rockets team is lacking. But would it be wise to poison this lockerroom with such a cancerous presence?
After a two week honeymoon following that exciting overtime game against the Spurs, the Rockets now have to face a vicious schedule that starts with the Grizzlies and takes them on the road for 15 of their next 23 games. As the Rockets prepare for a deluge of teams currently in the playoff race (15 of the next 23, again) they start the stretch with one of the most brutal opponents out there: the 17-6 division rival Memphis Grizzlies.
It’s safe to say that Jeremy Lin and James Harden are two young basketball players infatuated with the pick-and-roll. Moments before magically transforming it into an Omer Asik-looking-catapult that hurls them towards the basket, they salivate at the site of a ball screen.
For Harden, the pick-and-roll has played a major role in solidifying him as one of the league’s most capable and efficient scorers (according to Synergy Sports, Harden is the second most efficient pick-and-roll ball handler in the league, averaging 1.1 points per possession). In Lin’s case, it waffles between safety raft and stepping stone to consistency (on nearly a third of all his possessions, Lin uses the pick-and-roll, according to Synergy).
Both use it a ton, and both wouldn’t be the same without it. Unfortunately for the Rockets, only one ball exists in play at a time, and while one is taking advantage, the other is rendered useless. Or so we think. [read more…]