Key: Twin Towers
As good as Nelson was on Thursday, when you’re taking on the Pelicans, you’re not worried about guards. And for Saturday night, not only will they be locked and loaded with “Big Cuz” – who’s coming off a 41-point, 23-rebound, six-assist effort against Sacto – but could very have Anthony Davis back in the lineup.
The twin tower experiment in New Orleans still hasn’t paid huge dividends in wins, but the Pelicans definitely boast the best 1-2 big man combination in the league.
Cousins is already off to a mammoth start to the season – doubling up in all five contests, averaging 33.0 points, 14.2 boards and 4.8 assists. The mercurial seventh-year man from Kentucky has had some great games against Cleveland in his career – he doubled-up in both meetings last year, and the first of those was with 11 assists. But, knock on wood, in 13 career meetings, he’s never topped the 30-point plateau.
After tweaking his left knee and quad on Tuesday night in Portland, Anthony Davis sat out New Orleans’ win on Thursday, but he hopes to return for tonight’s contest. Before Tuesday’s injury – which limited The Brow to just five minutes of action – Davis was off to another All-Star start to the season, averaging 31.7 points and 16.7 boards through his first three outings.