Don't Make Me Use The Bat
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19min 2pts (0-4 0-2 2-4) 4reb 4ast 0stl 0blk 1To
Barnes ( D ) -- accomplished next to nothing out there, missed all his shots, we couldn't rebound, but did make a fe good passes to rescue the grade
41min 55pts (17-28 5-8 16-17) 13reb 1ast 1stl 3blk 5To
Cousins ( A+ ) -- I pondered a D or D- here, as bullies shouldn't win and all that. But...wow. the numbers practically speak for themselves as Cousins swatted swarms of chippy little gnats who's sole goal was to smack him until he did something stupid. Instead he destroeyd them, inside and out, and capped a spectacular 4th, scoring 17 points, knocking down big threes, almost getting throw out, and coming up with a huge block. 55 and the finish he was denied in last year's pivotal 56pt game.
14min 2pts (1-2 0-0 0-0) 0reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 1To
Koufos ( D ) -- barely playable as the Blazers took advantage of him inthe pick and role and he was entirely out of position to rebound. Missed a chippee from Cuz, got 1 single hook to go. Nothing else and not aroudn at all for the finish.
21min 8pts (2-4 1-3 3-3) 0reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 0To
McLemore ( D ) -- he scored some points, I figure that has to be worth something. But my lord was starting him a bad, and redundantly bad idea, again, as he got simply torched on defense by McCollum.
21min 10pts (3-8 0-1 4-5) 3reb 3stl 0stl 0blk 1To
Collison ( C- ) -- just another flat seemingly passionless performance. No idea why. Missed his shots, and no leadership or energy on defense. Badly outplayed by Ty this time.
34min 11pts (3-5 3-4 2-2) 4reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 0TO
Tolliver ( B- ) -- the limitations with Tolliver are so stark that this is really pretty close to the best you can hope for. Did not board, did not help keep the Blazers off the board. But he hit three big threes for us, finally, and was part of the tough veteran defenisve crew that finally strangled the Blazers after half.
29min 16pts (6-8 0-1 4-4) 3reb 8ast 1stl 0blk 0TO
Lawson ( A ) -- possibly Ty's best game as a King. Came in off the bench and gave us everything DC was not, including passion and scrap. Got into the lane and created shots. Found his own shots, and hit them, and did a nice job on defense using his quickness to stay in the grill of the Blazers backcourt. We don't win without him stepping up as a Cuz wongman.
7min 6pts (3-3 0-0 0-2) 0reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 0TO
Cauley-Stein ( C- ) -- the good was that he got three of his finishes inside in his first half stint. The bad was that he once again was chairman of the boardless as he was completely non-physical and made Plumlee look like a superstar because he wouldn't chip him.
24min 5pts (1-3 0-1 3-5) 3reb 3ast 1stl 1blk 0TO
Temple ( B ) -- its hard to really go higher here because of the complete lack of offense, but Garret was another key bench scrapper who took over form the mess formerly known as Ben and really go up into McCollum and made him work the entire second half. As huge as Boogie was, we still lose if nobody ever slowed their guards. Garret did.
31min 11pts (4-7 1-3 2-3) 1reb 1ast 0stl 0blk 2TO
Afflalo ( B- ) -- surprisingly for a guy who had appeared to quit only a few days ago, came off the bench in this one with energy and a purpose. Was going to be our bench scorer, and as the only bencher other than Lawson who could create a shop, gave us a boost. Then in the second half took over at SF and played mini-Rudy through our long comeback. This si the Afflalo who can help us. Just redundant when Cuz and Rudy both on the floor.