Another day, another technical foul for DeMarcus Cousins. Two, in fact.
Cousins, who leads the league in technical fouls, collected two on Monday night. The second technical foul came with 1.1 seconds remaining in the game.
Cousins also led the NBA in technical fouls last season as well, with 17. He left the arena Monday night without talking to the media.
Players are suspended for one game after receiving 16 technical fouls during the regular season and an additional game for every two technicals after that
Cousins received his first ‘T’ of the night when he pushed aside a Bulls assistant coach during a scrum at the end of the third quarter, then was ejected with a second remaining in the game after arguing that he was fouled on a shot attempt.
Cousins finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists as Sacramento rallied from 27 points down to tie the game at 112-all with 30 seconds left to play.
The Kings are 3.5 games out of the playoffs picture. The Denver Nuggets are holding the 8th seed with a (23-28) record, so whether or not Cousins plays is meaningless in the grand scheme of things. If both technicals are upheld by league review, Cousins will miss Wednesday’s game against Boston.
“I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see.”
The following is from ESPN.
“It’s kind of unfortunate that it happened. I really don’t know what to say about it. If I say something I’ll get punished, and if I don’t say something I’ll get punished. I really don’t know what the answer is anymore. I’m highly disappointed in what just happened.”
We see what Cousins is able to do when he keeps his head in the game. Unfortunately, those periods only last so long before Cousins erupts.
This all happened on the same day Kings general manager Vlade Divac told ESPN that the team will not trade Cousins before the Feb. 23 trade deadline:
“We’re not trading DeMarcus. We hope he’s here for a long time.”
The Celtics will enter Wednesday’s matchup with a season-best seven-game winning streak and should be heavy favorites against the 20-32 Kings if Cousins’ suspension stands.