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1 hour ago, Dr. Do Itch Big said:

Cousins has to be 2nd option. 

Maybe if the #1 was a go-to ball handler, but its AD. This is now a ball handler's league, late game situations its gonna have to be a guard to take over. Defenses get tight and whistles get swallowed.

Its also because achilles injuries are severe to the extent players only come back 80-90%. This level of Jrue Holiday is a perfect 2nd fiddle and is more necessary as a ball handler. Boogie is a phenomenal talent, same with AD, but its not their kind of league unfortunately.

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7 hours ago, nola90 said:

The biggest thing in all of this and watching this team the past 3 months?

Cousins HAS to be accepting of the 3rd fiddle, assuming he comes back healthy in 2019 (Takes ~2yrs for a NBA player to revert close to their normal self. Rudy Gay even says its been a year and he's still not 100%).

Cannot have Cousins as this 1b to AD's 1a. It HAS to be Davis->Holiday->Cousins.

 

Cousins settles in a 3rd-fiddle role in a reduced role.

We're talking AD being the lead guy putting up 28/12/2 in 33MPG, Jrue putting up 20/5/7 in 34 MPG as the 1-2 punch

Cousins going from 25/13/5 on 18/6/8 attempts in 36MPG to 20/12/4 on 14/4/7 in 30MPG. Niko eating away at those minutes and giving 28MPG.

96 minutes at the 4/5, those 3 alone will eat up 90 or so minutes, realistically you can play all 3 at the same time, diallo gets his 10-15 per night.

Cousins>Jrue. Jrue can be the third option. 

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41 minutes ago, S4L said:

Cousins>Jrue. Jrue can be the third option. 

Healthy pre-achilles Cousins is better than jrue. But it's a ball handler's league and teams that tend to be efficient, usually have a ball handler as their top 2 option. We're unique that we have 2 of the top big men in the league, the issue is now one big man is hobbled with a torn Achilles.

 

That takes time to come back from, most don't come back at all. The ones that do tend to take 2 years to get close to 100% (Elton brand for example). So this jrue is definitely better than a hobbled cousins. 

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