Definitely what we all felt like doing after this one.
Sometimes when the Thunder tries to rely on late defensive energy and shot-making from their superstars to overcome stereotypically sloppy offense and mistakes, it works. But that wasn’t the case Thursday in Sacramento.
Oklahoma City surrendered a ghastly 23 turnovers and gave up 17 offensive rebounds in the kind of performance that showed the Thunder at their worst in some stretches. OKC threatened to quit messing around and take control several times in the second half, but the Kings hung around long enough to give themselves a chance to win by making plays down the stretch, and that’s what they did in a 106-101 win.
Give credit first and foremost to what has to be one of the best performances of young Demarcus Cousins’s career. The second-year forward was active all night and a force down the stretch on his way to 19 points and 9 rebounds. I haven’t seen much of Cousins this year, but I’ve certainly seen his talent and read of his occasional boneheadedness. Thursday night, Cousins was a picture of polished hustle, effort and intensity. He did everything from rebound to hit free throws in crunch time. He was the star who shone brightest in the last three minutes of the game, and it was Oklahoma City’s pair of All-Stars who walked off the court on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Keep Reading…