Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 2/21/17
I might as well weigh in with my two cents on the big NBA deal between Sacramento and New Orleans. DeMarcus Cousins is now a Pelican, and pairing the explosive superstar with Anthony Davis now gives the franchise a frontcourt that will be the envy of most NBA teams.
I understand Cousins has some temperament issues, and there is no question he has to cut down on the volatility if he really wants to help make the Pelicans a contender. Whether or not New Orleans makes the playoffs this season doesn’t matter much. Cousins and Davis together is sure to be an attractive lure for an elite backcourt free agent. Pelicans fans have every right to be in a highly optimistic state of mind right now.
As for the Kings, they’re still the Kings. Here comes yet another rebuilding phase. I think this trade was beyond awful for Sacramento. Buddy Hield was a terrific college player at Oklahoma, but I see him with limited upside at the NBA level. If he’s the crown jewel of the deal from Vlade Divac’s perspective, he’s strictly cubic zirconia material.
Maybe the apparent toxicity limited potential destinations and market value for Cousins. But if that was the case, then the Kings should have simply kept him in hopes he would eventually mature. Instead, they pretty much gave him away, at least from where I sit.
Bad organizations remain bad organizations because they literally don’t know any better. Welcome to the Sacramento Kings. Congrats to the New Orleans Pelicans for not passing on what looks like a grand larceny steal of a deal.
3-0 Monday here, with the NHL home dog Coyotes winning, along with UT-Arlington and a just inside the number cover by Texas on the college hoop side.
No complaints about the recent results here to be sure, and the same holds true for the information being garnered from the daily Pros vs. Joes reports. For info on my service package and/or the Pros vs. Joes rundowns, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I passed on using Coastal Carolina as a personal service play on Monday. But the Chanticleers came roaring back from a big deficit to get the job done as the daily free play. Tuesday’s comp is on the ice.
11 OILERS at 12 LIGHTNING
Take: 11 OILERS +105
One of the indicators that a team is pretty good is when they’re able to find ways to win even when they don’t play especially well.
I’m not about to crown the Edmonton Oilers as the team to beat in the West, but there’s no doubt in my mind this team is heading in the right direction. The Oilers were far from outstanding in each of their last two games. But they managed to get two points at home against the Flyers, and then got two more on Saturday as they opened a road trip with a win at Chicago.
The Oilers of the past would almost certainly have lost each of these games. But this Edmonton entry found a way to come out on top each time, and that to me is a sign of a team that’s really starting to figure things out. I also like the fact that while the team was happy to get the wins, they seemed eager to point out that their play has to improve if the wins are going to keep on coming.
That attitude has me looking Edmonton’s way as they continue their journey tonight with a stop at Tampa Bay. The Lightning are returning home off an okay four-game road trip where they went managed to garner six important points.
The Lightning have a favorable schedule the rest of the way with 15 of 24 games at home. They’re really going to have to make the most of that advantage if they’re to rally to make the playoffs. I just don’t see that as a likelihood as the Lightning have simply not been able to find that desired level of consistency all season.
As for tonight, it’s advantage Edmonton from a situational standpoint, and I’d rather have the team finding ways to win games as opposed to one that has done more of the opposite. I’ll side with the Oilers tonight.