Both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins have returned a level of intrigue to the painted area

Cousins and Davis - photo by Rocky Widner | Getty Images
Cousins and Davis – photo by Rocky Widner | Getty Images

Welcome to the next generation of Western Conference playoff hopefuls, a movement headlined by the two most dominant young big men in the game.

By their individual numbers, there wasn’t a significant gap between and in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 106-100 victory over the on Tuesday night. The former finished the game with what’s become a typical line of 28 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals, while the latter tallied 24 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and two blocks of his own.

For the season, Davis’ numbers have been slightly more impressive—especially on the defensive end.

But make no mistake about it: Both of these guys have been transcendent this season (and last), returning a level of intrigue to the painted area not seen since Dwight Howard began turning heads with the Orlando Magic.

Read full article here.