In a now annual tradition, the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and his coach is deteriorating. There were reports earlier in the week that George Karl was on the chopping block, but it now appears that the two are committed to trying to patch things up. That being said, these are the Kings and they’re just as liable to go hire my old AAU coach Jeff to come coach the team as they are to hold course and let Karl finally try to imprint himself on the team. They are dramatic and unpredictable.
So, as Boogie does, he took it out on the court. The Kings beat the Nets behind Boogie’s 40 points, 13 rebounds, and one emotionally charged slam and protracted pout.
Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo put up another triple double in 44 minutes. His statistical explosion is likely due to Sacramento’s complete lack of creative options, as well as the heavy minutes he’s playing (he has rested eight total minutes in the Kings’ last four games).
The Kings seem to be approaching some kind of wacky stability. When a tiny win over a dismal team and the “DAYS WITHOUT A LOCKER ROOM FIGHT” sign reaching “3” are signs of progress, it’s doubtful that this team is ready to compete for a playoff spot. Thankfully for the Kings, the rest of the Western Conference seems to be stuck in a morass of mediocrity. They’re only a game and a half out of the playoffs. It’s not likely they’ll make the playoffs, but the alarmist calls to trade Boogie can at least quiet for now.
If Boogie keeps playing like this and shooting 43.5% from three, they could sniff relevance for the first time in almost a decade, if not the actual playoffs. That is, if the fragile constellation of personalities in the locker room holds and the team learns how to play defense. Historically speaking, that’s a tenuous prospect at best.
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