Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins says ‘I mean, I can shoot’ in response to being left open for 3-point attempts
Nearly a year after he tore his left Achilles tendon, DeMarcus Cousins made his much-anticipated debut as a member of the Golden State Warriors. He scored 14 points and had six rebounds in the team’s 112-94 win against the LA Clippers.
DeMarcus Cousins, who is known to be one of the best offensive players when he’s in the post, didn’t spend much time there. Instead, he was mostly seen waiting in the 3-point area, where he was left wide open by the Clippers’ defense for most of the night.
He made them pay by hitting three 3-pointers.
In a postgame interview with ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, the four-time All-Star was also clueless as to why he was being left alone from beyond the arc.
“Yeah, man, I wonder what the scouting report is on me right now,” Cousins said with a shrug. “I mean, I can shoot.”
The seven-year veteran is a career 34 percent 3-point shooter.
In a team that already has Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant who are all elite shooters, it will be a welcome addition if Cousins can shoot his 3-pointers on a consistent basis, and he didn’t disappoint on his first game back.
“He was great tonight. I like that he gonna keep people on us at the 3-point line,” Durant said. “I like that he was running the floor, he set a screen. I mean he just played his game — 15 minutes, he had 14 and 6. You turn that to 25 minutes, that’s an easy 20 and 10. I like where he’s going, good first step, and hopefully he keeps moving forward.”
While obviously still trying to find his rhythm, Cousins looked really comfortable playing with the Warriors, which is a good sign especially if he will be able to regain his old form.
And this could be bad news for the rest of the league.