This was Boogie’s 6th game without a block. This is the second game in January without a block, the first one was the January 16th loss to the Miami Heat. Cousins isn’t know for being a great rim protector, but a 6’11” center should be swatting a lot more.
This is the Kings 5th straight loss and 7th loss of the last 10 games. They’re now 10 games under .500 and should pretty much call this season a wrap. Maybe the next big shift in culture for the Kings they could keep Boogie informed?
Boogie finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds, but it took 17 shots to get there leading to his 41.2% on his seventh-worst shooting night of the season.
His sixth worst shooting night was 37.5%, also against the Trail Blazers. So file your future copy under “Boogie Don’t Blaze” for all you sportswriters out there.
This was the Kings fourth loss in a row and they’ve lost 6 of their last 9 to start off 2015. They are now 9 games below .500.
Rudy Gay only played 10 minutes before leaving the game with a leg injury, so Boogie stepped up as offensive facilitator and got a season high 9 assists.
His turn as point-center shouldn’t last too long though as Gay’s injury was classified as day to day after an MRI scan and Cousins committed 9 turnovers in the game.
But without one of their key players and against a Dallas back court that scored 49 combined points, the Kings only lost by 4, which is what a lesser person would call a moral victory. But not me, nope, not at all.
DeMarcus Cousins had 23 field goal attempts for the third time this season. In the 103-84 wacking of the Cavaliers, Boogie made 11 of those attempts, giving him a field goal percentage of 47.8%.
This is the third time in the season he attempted 23 field goals and this was the 2nd best FG% of those three games.
He rounded out the stat sheet with 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. His 26 points contributed to the Kings 40 points in the paint and made new Cavs addition Timofey Mozgov look not worth two 1st round picks.
The Thunder went after Boogie hard and kept his shooting to a pitiful 26%. He earned an early technical foul after a non-call when he went to the hoop but still wound up shooting 6 for 23 from the field. He did get to the line 13 times and made 11 of them, finishing with 23 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks.
The Kings had some help with Rudy Gay chipping in 28 points and Darren Collison contributing 24 points while the Sactown D held Russell Westbrook to 10 points.
Boogie had 6 turnovers for the Kings on Sunday, leading all players in personal turovers. He had his hands full guarding Andre Drummond, but kept him mostly in check.
Sure Drummond had a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, but Brandon Jennings went off for 35 points on 14 for 21 shooting from the field and 5 for 8 on three points.
This was the 7th loss since coach Mike Malone was fired and Cousins took to the media to express his frustrations, but did not lash out after any one particular person. However, help seems a ways away and the organization is still floating along in a fugue state.
One thing that seems to have happened when coach Mike Malone was fired, was that the Kings players began giving up on their system. DeMarcus Cousins was having a pretty solid defensive year and since all the turmoil, you can see Boogie slacking on that end.
Gorgui Dieng had 15 points and 10 rebounds against Cousins. Although the same height, Dieng gives up almost 40 pounds to Cousins, but was taking it to him all night. Dieng went 7 for 10 shooting and Cousins got continually frustrated in the game and eventually fouled out in the final minutes.
The Kings did pull it out to win 110-107. Andrew Wiggins went off for 27 points and Shabazz Muhammad got in for 15 points while Darren Collison and Rudy Gay grabbed 21 points a piece.