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Mike Dunleavy bloodied by Chandler Parsons’ elbow; comes back to light it up (Video)

Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy took a brutal elbow to the head from Chandler Parsons during the second quarter of his team’s win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Parsons was called for a charge on the play, but Dunleavy more than paid the price. He was forced to leave the game and needed 10 stitches to close the wound over his right eye.

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At first, Dunleavy’s return was announced as questionable. Not only did he re-enter the game in the third quarter, the 33-year-old veteran lit up the scoreboard and put together one of the best halves of basketball of his career.

After getting bandaged up, Dunleavy went on to score all of his team-high 21 points in the second half. He scored 18 points alone in the third quarter, which was more than the entire Rockets team combined (16). He finshed 4-for-6 from beyond the arc and added seven rebounds.

It was an incredibly gutsy performance and one of the best games of Dunleavy’s career. No word yet on whether or not DeMarcus Cousins was impressed.

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DeMarcus Cousins on Mike Dunleavy: ‘He’s a clown, and he’s scared’

DeMarcus-CousinsSacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has a problem with Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy that dates back to last season. When Dunleavy was playing with the Milwaukee Bucks, Cousins was ejected for elbowing him in the head. The two both picked up technicals before the ejection while fighting for position. The bad blood apparently still exists.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Dunleavy pushed past Cousins at one point during the Kings’ win over the Bulls on Monday night as he was running down the court. Dunleavy also complained to the officials on one play that Cousins was intentionally trying to hurt him. After the game, a reporter asked Cousins if he would be sending Dunleavy a Christmas card.

“He’s a clown, and he’s scared,” Cousins said. “I wouldn’t even waste my time on him if I ever saw him outside of the gym. He’s a clown.”

Cousins also admitted that it was a challenge to keep his cool during what he described as a “physical game.” As we already saw earlier, Joakim Noah completely lost his cool and was ejected. Dunleavy isn’t the first player Cousins has had a problem with, and I’m sure he won’t be the last.

H/T The Point Forward