Boogie Balling for Team USA

Through the first two games, DMC has shown flashes of brilliance on the world’s greatest stage.
by Dan Lovi

In his Olympics debut, DeMarcus Cousins put on a show, netting 17 points, five rebounds and two assists as the National Team defeated China 119-62. His second outing wasn’t as eye-popping, as the Kings All-Star scored six points, grabbed five boards and dished one dime in just nine minutes of play.

The lack of playing time in game No. 2 can be attributed to foul trouble, as DMC picked up two quick fouls in the first two minutes of the game. The trend continued in the second half, as Boogie eventually fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Aside from the foul trouble in the game against Venezuela, Boogie has been nearly flawless. In two games of action, he is shooting 75 percent from the field (8-of-12) and he’s perfect from the charity stripe (7-of-7). He’s also registered three assists and a steal while only turning the ball over once.

Even more impressive is Boogie’s dedication to defense and how important it is to the National Team as a whole.

“I think that’s the best way to get this team going, with a defensive mindset,” Cousins told ESPN. “We got a lot of length and we have a very versatile team, so with that approach we can get the game going easy for ourselves.”

Cousins has impressed head coach Mike Krzyzewski with his quick rotations, ability to run the floor and defend not only the paint, but the perimeter as well.

"He ran well and he really defended well on the perimeter,” Krzyzewksi told ESPN. “It's something unusual for those big guys to be on the perimeter like that."

While Cousins has proven to be one of the leaders on the National Team, he is still eager to learn from his teammates and take in the whole experience.

“I never thought I’d see the day I’d be able to do it [represent Team USA]. I am extremely honored and I’m taking full advantage of this opportunity,” Cousins concluded.

The undefeated US Men’s Basketball Team will face Australia, who is also 2-0, on Wednesday at 3 p.m. PDT.

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