On a night in which Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins earned his 18th technical foul of the season (and an automatic suspension), Russell Westbrook added insult to injury.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Thunder guard dunked so hard on “Boogie,” future Boogies will feel it.
The thunderous dunk propelled Oklahoma City to a 118-110 victory over the struggling Pelicans. New Orleans is 0-3 since acquiring Cousins from the Kings.
The dunk was part of the 41 points Westbrook scored. He added 11 dimes and 11 rebounds to secure another triple-double.
Needless to say, Cousins will be looking to put Sunday night behind him and . . . look forward to his pending suspension, or something.
Jason Kidd would like to see Antetokounmpo make the game a little easier for himself. About half of Antetokounmpo’s shots come at the rim, and the numbers show there’s a pretty good reason for that. He shoots better than 70 percent from within three feet, according to Basketball Reference, a testament to his combination of size and athleticism.
But there’s a physical price to be paid for every foray into the paint, and maybe, at 22, Antetokounmpo can handle that. As his career progresses, though, Kidd knows his young star will need to vary his game, starting by trusting his midrange jumper. Antetokounmpo is not much of a 3-point shooter just yet—he takes 2.3 3-pointers per game, and makes only 28.3 percent—but that can come later. For now, Kidd would like to see Antetokounmpo have more faith in his shot from the elbows, to limit the banging he takes.