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CAN COUSINS DELIVER WINNING BASKETBALL? Everyone was shocked to hear of DeMarcus Cousins' trade to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pels have effectively given the Kings their first round picks from the last season (Hield) and this season (plus Galloway a quality back up PG) for a player that while a star, has not delivered winning. During the first six years in the league Cousins and the Kings have: - Only averaged 27.33 wins per season. - Have averaged a 13th finish in the standings. - The Kings have had a defensive rating of 109.6 and a net rating of -4.13 - Cousins has averaged 15 tech fouls a season (not including his 19 this season). - The Kings are -0.2 per 100 possessions when Cousins was on the court (excluding first three seasons). * The two time All-NBA star who has averaged 21.1 points and 10.8 rebounds, has shown us a range of skills that have led him to many accolades yet his team has never finished with a winning record. Cousins has admittedly played on some below par teams but as Westbrook has shown, you can win with less talent if you ferociously chase your goals. Now with AD by his side, Cousins can finally show us if he can take his ball to a superstar level or if he is just another temperamental star. Do you think Davis and Cousins will bring that winning feeling to New Orleans? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #ballislife #slamdunk #ballin #sacramentokings #kings #neworleanspelicans #pelicans #la #lakers #miamiheat #sanantiniospurs #chicagobulls #cavs #torontoraptors #newyorkknicks #knicks #gsw #gswarriors #okcthunder

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NOT ONE BUT TWO NOT SO OBVIOUS STATS: First NSOS is the Chicago Bulls are currently 6-1 vs the Celtics, Raptors and Cavs. The second stat, Jimmy Butler is currently leading the NBA in the number of foul shots made in the last 5 minutes of games that are within 5 points. He has shot 40-41. Could a Jimmy Butler lead Bulls cause an upset in the first round of the playoffs? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #ballislife #basketball4life #slamdunk #chicago #bulls #chicagobulls #bullsnation #miami #la #miamiheat #lalakers #torontoraptors #boston #BostonCeltics

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BEWARE JAMES IS ON A TEAR! With all the talk centred around Westbrook and Harden, Lebron last seven games has given us a small reminder of his greatness. James has averaged: • 26.6 PPG • 11.57 APG • 1.28 SPG • 63.42 FG% • 59.52 3P% • 9.4 +/- * With Love out and the demand on James to take on more responsibility rising, can we expect these numbers to continue? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #lebronjames #kingjames #cleveland #cavs #clevelandcavaliers #cavaliers #miamiheat #la #lalakers #sanantoniospurs #gsw #gswarriors #chicagobulls #defendtheland #

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TRUEHOOPS AUS TOP 6 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 6. Derrick Jones giving us a little taste of what is to come! 5. Paul Millsap with the game tying two. 4. Nuggets with the pretty passing. 3. Jokic with a touch down pass to Barton for the slam. 2. Waiters pick Gordon's pocket and finishes with the slam. 1. Wall with the assist through his legs. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #slamdunk #ballislife #miami #miamiheat #washingtondc #washingtonwizards #denver #denvernuggets #atlanta #atlantahawks #phoenixsuns #phoenix

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Klay alley ooping to JaVale. 4. Kawhi with the creative circus shot, plus one. 3. KAT with the ferocious put back. 2. Brook Lopez completing destroying McGruder. 1. Collison's game winner for the improving Kings. Did we miss any? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #baketballneverstops #ballislife #slamdunk #gsw #gswarriors #dubnation #sanantinospurs #sanantonio #timerwolves #minnesotatimberwolves #brooklyn #brooklynets #brooklyngrit #sacramentoproud #sacramentokings #kings

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Kevin 'Go-Go Gadget" Durant rocking the rim. 4. Smart with a nifty pass to Olynyk for the slam. 3. The Cavs with one of the best team plays we have seen this season. 2. CJ dropping the Mavs. 1. WILLY CAULEY-STEIN ladies and gentlemen!! Did we miss any? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #slamdunk #ballislife #sacramento #sacramentokings #kings #gsw #warriors #gswarriors #dubnation #portland #portlandtrailblazers #cleveland #clevelandcavaliers #cavs #boston #celtics #BostonCeltics

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TRUEHOOPSAUS NOT SO OBVIOUS STAT! With their 10th win, Miami has become only the third team to have a double digit win streak this season (GSW and Houston being the others). They also own the longest win streak by any team that was at least 19 games under .500. Live it up Heat fans! #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #slamdunk #ballislife #miami #heat #miamiheat #heatison #la #lalakers #gsw #gswarriors #houston #dubnation #houstonrockets #rockets50 #sanantoniospurs

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! To celebrate todays memorable game, we have dedicated our top 5 plays to the Cavs and Wizards game. 5. RIP to Shumpert's ankles. 4. Wall turning the corner and rocking the rim. 3. Wall with the and 1 to tie to the game in OT. 2. Kyrie with yet another dragger. 1. LeBron with an OH WOW moment that we will not forget. Which was your favourite play? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #slamdunk #ballislife #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #cavs #clevelandcavaliers #defendtheland #washingtondc #washingtonwizards #wizards #dcfamily #la #laclippers #miami #miamiheat #sanantoniospurs #houston #rockets #houstonrockets

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Westbrok dropping Aminu with the nasty cross over. 4. CJ putting Oladipo in a blender. 3. Brown hitting the circus shot over Griffin. 2. T-ROSS LIKE A BOSS. 1. Paul Pierces made basket at the Garden. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #ballislife #slamdunk #boston #bostonceltics #toronto #torontoraptors #la #laclippers #portland #portlandtrailblazers #okc #okcthunder #miamiheat #miami #gsw #gswarriors

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Rondo with the agressive chase down and dish to Doug McBuckets for the slam. 4. Faried was the benificiary of two amazing dishes from Jokic. 3. Gasol blowing past Adams and finishing at the rim. 2. Wade with the one hand jam. 1. Booker finishing the hapless Kings. Which was your favourite play? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #ballislife #basketball4life #slamdunk #chicago #bulls #chicagobulls #denver #nuggets #denvernuggets #memphis #grizzlies #memphisgrizzlies #phoenix #suns #phoenixsuns #la #lalakers #okc #gsw #gswarriors #miami #heat #miamiheat

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TRUEHOOPSAUS TOP 5 PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! 5. Curry leaving Williams ankles on the treatment table 4. Lebron with the sweet finish around the rim 3. Westbrook with two more Beastbrook plays. 2. Blake with the slick between the legs pass. 1. Bellinelli smoothly slipping through the Warriors D. What was your favourite play from todays action? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketballneverstops #basketball4life #ballislife #slamdunk #gsw #gswarriors #sanfrancisco #okc #okcthunder #oklahoma #charlotte #charlottehornets #clevelandcavaliers #cleveland #la #clippers #laclippers #miami #miamiheat #sanantinospurs

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News of Larry Sanders increased efforts to return to basketball is music to the ears of NBA fans. Sources have stated that the former Buck has visited the Boston Celtics and has three other team visits scheduled for next week. The former 15th pick in the 2010 draft was a defensive nightmare for opposing teams and during his most successful season (2012-13), Sanders averaged: 9.8 PTS, 9.5 RBS, 2.8 BLKS (2nd in the NBA), Defensive rating of 98.5 (6th in the NBA), Defensive box minus of 4.3 (4th in the NBA). The season finished with Sanders signing $44 million contract extension and an invitation to participate with the USA basketball. If fully fit and mentally ready to compete at the highest level, Sander’s will be well worth the gamble. Still only 28, he would be the perfect fit for a Celtic, Blazer or Pacer team looking for e a shot blocking big who attacks the boards. Hopefully we can seem him sooner rather than later. Which team should take a chance on Sanders? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #slamdunk #ballislife #basketballneverstops #basket4life #milwaukee #bucks #milwaukeebucks #larrysanders #bostonceltics #portland #trailblazers #portlandtrailblazers #indiana #indianapacers #la #lalakers #miamiheat

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TRUEHOOPSAUS GAMES OF THE NIGHT! Including: • Highlights from the Spurs win over the Cavs. • Game winning and tying shots. • Leonard and Stauskas' massive dunks. And a lot more from a jam packed day of games. #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #ballislife #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #slamdunk #clevelandcavaliers #cleveland #ohio #kingjames #sanantonio #sanantoniospurs #philadephia #philadelphia76ers #phoenixsuns #phoenix #utah #utahjazz #houston #houstonrockets

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TRUEHOOPSAUS PLAYS OF THE NIGHT Included: • Wall off to the races for the game winner vs the Knicks • Porzingas' put back slam. • Two huge jams from the King. And much more. Which was your favourite? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #ballislife #slamdunk #washingtondc #washingtonwizards #ny #nyknicks #knicks #cleveland #cavs #clevelandcavaliers #kingjames #minnesota #minnesotatimberwolves #la #laclippers #clippers

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A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND STORIES! Everyone has been talking about Embiid and his performances at the offensive end, though it's his work at the defensive end that has lead Philly to a 6-2 start to the year. On top of the stats in the picture Embiid is: - Protecting the rim with 2.4 BLKS pers game (3rd in the NBA) - Has a defensive rating of 100 per 100 possessions - 1.5 defensive win shares. - 3.2 defensive box plus minus (defensive points per 100 possessions a player contributes above the league average) - A Player Efficiency Rating of 24.1. In our opinion these stats are too good to ignore and Embiid should find a place amongst the reserves on All-Star weekend. Agree? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basketball #basket #ball #basketball4life #basketneverstops #slamdunk #ballislife #philadephia #76ers #philadelphia76ers #joelembiid #theprocess #process #madeinphila

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TRUEHOOPAUS PLAYS OF THE NIGHT! Included: • Rus with two big plays vs the Warriors • Embiid and Saric defending the rim with authority. • Isaiah Thomas playing tricks on the Knicks defence. And much more! What was your favourite play? #nba #thisiswhyweplay #basket #ball #basketball #basketball4life #basketballneverstops #okc #okcthundrr #philadelphia #philadelphia76ers #indiana #indianapacers #torontoraptors #toronto #boston #bostonceltics

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