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DeMarcus Cousins named Western Conference Player of the Week

Kimani Okearah

What a difference a week makes.  Last Monday, DeMarcus Cousins reportedly went off on his coach in the locker room and things appeared to be melting down in Sacramento.  This Monday, the Kings are coming off a three-game win streak to end their homestand and Cousins has been named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week.  Nicolas Batum won the award for the East.

Cousins averaged 32.5 points and 11.0 rebounds on his way to leading the Kings to a 3-1 record this week, as well as knocking down almost 50% (9 of 19) of his three-point attempts.  The highlight of the week was his 40 point performance against the Brooklyn Nets, which included a period where Boogie scored 19 points in a row.

The Kings are a wholly different team with a healthy and engaged Cousins, as he changes the dynamic on both ends of the floor.  Sacramento might be sporting a 4-7 record, but they're 4-3 in games that Cousins plays (4-2 if you don't count the Clippers game where he missed the second half with his injury).

This is just the third time Cousins has won this award but it won't be the last.  Congrats, Boogie!