As it was for the Pelicans in the days before Cousins arrived, the burden was exclusively now on their other All-Star - forward Anthony Davis.
When Cousins had his season cut short by a ruptured left Achilles tendon, it left Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans scrambling to figure out what it would take to replace the All-Star center's production and emotional leadership on the court. The Pelicans struggled without Cousins, losing four of their first seven games without him.
"I was trying to kind of do what DeMarcus did - getting a lot of guys involved".
"It's been fun. The last two games, I think we've been acting as a team really good", Mirotic said. Financially, the Lakers could still create space for a third max-level player, and it can be done by shipping the rookie-scale contracts of Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart to New Orleans in exchange for Davis.
"You could make an argument that the Pelicans would want to just go extremely young and get a top five or top 10 picks from the Kings if they're going to tear it down".
Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds in the win while knocking down 15 of his 18 attempts from the field. These two teams have already met once this season with the Lakers winning by 119-112 back on Oct 22, so while plenty has changed since then, I'm expecting a similar result as the Lakers come out on top in a minor upset. "There's no way that you can guard him because he can do everything".
Jrue Holiday added 24 points and 11 assists, Darius Miller and Nikola Mirotic came off the bench to score 19 and 16, respectively, and E'Twaun Moore added 14 for the Pelicans. "For us, we have to try to take what's available".
In a recent episode of Open Floor Podcast with Sports Illustrated writers Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver, one of the topics discussed was the possibility of the #Los Angeles Lakers trading all their chips for Davis.