Okay, so Cousins didn’t exactly walk away with the hardware, although his resume tonight was endowed enough to do so. He deserved it. Even Jason Jones reported that most media members felt Cousins was snubbed of the MVP. But alas, the Kings weren’t able to provide back-to-back most valuable players as Cousins fell short in the fan vote to John Wall, who recorded a game record 22 assists to go with 12 points.
DeMarcus finished the game as the high scorer on both sides, pouring in a cool 33 on 15 of 24 to go with 14 boards and 3 steals. He also opened and closed the game with highlight plays, first a mid-court steal that finished with a nasty tomahawk jam over Stephen Curry and an off the backboard pass to former Kentucky teammate John Wall to close out the game.
Of course though – as with any DeMarcus Cousins news, it wasn’t void of controversy. Although, this time, DeMarcus had nothing to do with it.
During the MVP ceremony (one that SHOULD have been for Co-MVP’s with Cousins and Wall), TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager interviewed John Wall and in the process dropped this nugget when referring to Cousins:
“It’s been well documented he’s not always happy when his teammates don’t get him the ball.”
The reactions were priceless.
You can watch the extremely awkward exchange below (via BPackey):
Highlights via KingsFlix