Portland Trail Blazers big man Meyers Leonard relishes the chance to match up with Sacramento Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
Even when Cousins runs over, through and around him for nearly 40 minutes, Leonard anticipates the matchup like no other.
“He’s the matchup I look forward to more than any in the league,” Leonard said following the Blazers’ 122-120 overtime win over the Kings on Friday night. “I mean, DeMarcus Cousins is the most skilled big in the NBA. Period. Not even close. He can handle the ball, he can shoot the three, face up, get to the basket. He’s extremely skilled. I’ve studied him a lot. It’s a fun matchup.”
Source: Mike Richman of The Oregonian
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN