The Kings had collectively patted center DeMarcus Cousins on the back for going 22 games without a technical foul. But that streak ended, along with the Kings’ five-game losing streak, in a 106-103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at Sleep Train Arena. The technical foul was his 16th of the season. Per NBA rules, a 16th technical foul results in an automatic one-game suspension. Unless the league rescinds the technical, Cousins will miss the season finale against Phoenix on Wednesday. It would be the second time Cousins misses a game this season for disciplinary reasons. Cousins was suspended for punching Houston guard Patrick Beverley in the stomach in a game Feb. 25, when he picked up his 15th technical foul. “I ain’t talking about that,” Cousins said when asked about the technical, called by official J.T. Orr with 1:13 left in the game. Cousins was upset about a foul called on Travis Outlaw. Cousins was walking away from the basket and was demonstrative in his displeasure. Cousins, however, refused to discuss the idea of not playing in the season finale. “I’m not talking about it,” he said. Cousins responded to the technical by scoring four of the Kings’ final six points and blocking a shot in the final minute. If it was Cousins’ last game of the season, his stat line was impressive. Cousins had 35 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
Kings win, likely will play finale without Cousins after center collects his 16th technical foul
Sacramento Bee | Apr 14