The NBA: DeMarcus Denied

DeMarcus Cousins was told by coach Paul Westphal to stay away
from the New Orleans game after he allegedly DEMANDED for a trade.
(image by Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

*All of the remaining images are from the Associated Press. 

If DeMarcus Cousins isn’t careful, he might just go the way of the dinosaurs. He’s clearly talented – think Andrew Bynum without the injury issues. The problem with him is he seems to have left his common sense and maturity back in high school. He sat out the New Orleans game thanks to nobody else, but his own twisted machinations. He’s wrecking my fantasy season. On the brighter side of things, the Wolves finally broke into the win column, Chicago won its home opener, Ryan Anderson and JJ Reddick shot the lights out for Orlando and the Nuggets avenged last night’s sorry loss to the Lakers. Chris Bosh seems to have rediscovered his mojo as the Heat go 5-0 for the first time ever. Washington remains winless as Rajon Rondo reels in his first triple-double of the season. The Nets continue to flounder after their opening night win. The Clips get a share of the Pacific Division top spot with a win over erstwhile undefeated Portland.

After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

ORL over TOR, 102-96 – The big man duo of Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson is doing wonders for the Magic.
MIA over CHA, 129-90 – This time around, the Heat left no doubt, thanks to Chris Bosh’s double-double.
BOS over WAS, 94-86 – Rondo racks up a triple-double as the Cs gain some momentum and keep the Wiz winless.
CLE over NJN, 98-82 – Big second half propels the Cavs to a good win over the struggling Nets.
MIN over DAL, 99-82 – Love’s all-around brilliance and Rubio’s stellar play spank the defending champs as the Wolves get win #1.
DEN over LAL, 99-90 – Nuggets avenge last night’s loss as Kobe shoots blanks.
CHI over MEM, 104-64 – Gay with just 5 points, Zebo injures his knee and the Grizz lose by 40. Doesn’t get much worse than that.
SAC over NOH, 96-80 – The Kings didn’t miss the antics of DeMarcus Cousins as they disposed of the Hornets.
LAC over POR, 93-88 – Clips bounce back with a quality win over a quality team.

Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – 28
Kevin Love (MIN) – 25
Chris Bosh (MIA), Kevin Garnett (BOS) & Ryan Anderson (ORL) - 24

Andrea Bargnani's 28-point effort was partly canceled
out by Ryan Anderson's 24.

Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
Kevin Love (MIN) – 17
Andrew Bynum (LAL) – 16
Dwight Howard (ORL) & Chris Kaman (NOH) – 15
Javale McGee (WAS) - 14

Kevin Love's beastly double-double gave the T-Wolves
their first win, and at the expense of the champs at that!

Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
Rajon Rondo (BOS) – 14
Jose Calderon (TOR) – 13
Ty Lawson (DEN) – 10
Norris Cole (MIA) - 9

Rajon Rondo got his first triple-double of
the season against Washington.

Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
Marcus Thornton (SAC) & Danilo Gallinari (DEN) – 5
Kason Kidd (DAL) – 4

Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
Javale McGee (WAS) – 5
A LOT with 3

Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
Kevin Love (MIN), Daniel Gibson (CLE) & Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 5
Mario Chalmers (MIA) - 4

Jan. 1, 2012 First Five
C – Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – 28pts, 7rebs, 3asts & 1stl
F – Chris Bosh (MIA) – 24pts,10rebs, 2stls & 1ast
F – Kevin Love (MIN) – 25pts, 17rebs, 5 triples, 1ast, 1stl & 1blk
G – Rajon Rondo (BOS) – 18pts, 14asts, 11rebs & 1stl
G – Jose Calderon (TOR) – 18pts, 13asts, 4rebs, 3 triples & 1blk

Chris Bosh was the best of the Big 3 as the Heat
soundly beat the Bobcats.

Honorable Mention:
Antawn Jamison (CLE) – 23pts, 5rebs, 3stls, 3 triples, 2asts & 2blks
Kevin Garnett (BOS) – 24pts, 9rebs, 3asts, 1stl & 1blk
Marcus Thornton (SAC) – 25pts, 6rebs, 5stls & 1ast

For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap:

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