Team USA doesn’t need DeMarcus Cousins to score 26 points a night. They don’t need him to handle the ball or launch from three. He’s on the Olympic team for one reason — to dominate the glass. Everything else is just gravy.
Through the first two exhibition games, Cousins posted 13 points and 11 rebounds in just 17 minutes a night. He’s leading Team USA in rebounding by four rebounds per contest and controlling the paint on the defensive end as well.
Tuesday night at Oracle was no different. Cousins planted himself firmly in the lane and the Chinese national team had neither the size, nor the strength to drive him out. In a 107-57 blowout win for Team USA, Cousins still managed to standout, finishing the night with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting and leading the way once again with 11 rebounds.