Steinmetz: Kings' Fast Start Not to be Overlooked

November 1, 2010, 9:48 pm
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Look at the Kings.

They've have had a terrific start to the season. - The Kings have won two of their first three -- all of which have been road games. That ain't bad considering the Kings went 7-34 away from ARCO last year.

It doesn't matter that the competition hasn't been the stiffest -- Minnesota, New Jersey and Cleveland -- you can only deal with the schedule you're given. Monday is another good chance for victory, their home opener against Toronto.

Rookie center DeMarcus Cousins has looked very good in the early going, with his single-biggest issue being foul trouble. The part when he's on the court is very good so far. Cousins is averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, not bad at all considering he's only playing 25 minutes per game.

I remember that game midway through the preseason when Cousins was impressive in a game against the Warriors in Sacramento. Kings coach Paul Westphal was asked what had clicked for Cousins.

Answered Westphal: "He's learning the plays."

Cousins has benefited from having plenty of support up front when he is on the bench saddled with fouls. Carl Landry is the team's leading scorer, Jason Thompson has helped with his minutes more limited and Samuel Dalembert came back a little early from injury.

Bottom line is the Kings have some bodies up front. And all indications are Cousins is going to be the best of them.