Cousins Suspended One Game For Throwing Punch

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CousinsNEW YORK — DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game for throwing a punch two nights ago. He also he drew a $20,000 fine for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection in the same game.

Have a look for yourself as Cousins throws a cheap shot to Beverly’s lower midsection as the Rockets guard drives the lane to clear out space for an isolation play. Beverly looked toward an official to complain, but no foul was called on the play.

Cousins had 16 points and six rebounds for the Kings before needing to be restrained after getting ejected in the third quarter. He picked up his NBA-leading 14th and 15th technical fouls.

“He lost his composure, that’s all I saw, and then he got thrown out of the game. It’s disappointing. But to be honest, I’m more disappointed about how we played,” Kings coach Michael Malone said. “Do I condone his actions? No, not at all. Does he have to handle himself better? Sure he does. We just need to get him to understand that we don’t need him to get kicked out of the ball game.”

Cousins will be suspended for one game if when) he picks up his next technical foul, whioch would be his 16th. He then would be subject to a suspension for his 18th, 20th, 22nd, etc.

Blake Griffin of the Clippers is second in the NBA in technical fouls with 12. Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers if the only other player in double figures with 10.

 

Bernucca: Why the Lakers have to trade Dwight Howard

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Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA. Yes, still.

He also is (a) incapable of making an elbow jumper, (b) unreliable at the free-throw line, (c) susceptible to long-term injury, (d) hypersensitive to criticism from teammates and coaches, (e) more interested in becoming the next Bill Murray rather than the next Bill Russell and (f) wondering why no one has handed him the icon status he desperately craves.

But the worst thing Howard is – and unlike the items above, this is a temporary condition – is a square peg in a round hole.

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