Last night provided the too-typical DeMarcus Cousins experience.
Cousins was everywhere (46 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and eight turnovers). The Kings lost. And Cousins lost his cool.
The Sacramento center fouled out later in the fourth quarter, and he didn’t hide his outrage at the call.
Meanwhile, 76ers forward Robert Covington rubbed it in with a wave goodbye.
While other players did a better job of generating a quality shot with time ticking down late in the third quarter last night, Shabazz Muhammad converted in his own way.
The Timberwolves forward pulled up from halfcourt and drained a 3-pointer that, like every regulation basket, proved crucial.
Minnesota won in overtime.
The 76ers had just three seconds to score at the end of the third quarter against the Kings yesterday.
Robert Covington — with this phenomenal inbound pass to Gerald Henderson — made the most of that time.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Toney Douglas to a 10-day contract and have waived forward Troy Williams.
Douglas, 30 had played six games for Memphis in December and had averaged 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 17.8 minutes. He was waived Dec. 15. Douglas scored in double figures twice during his first stint with the Grizzlies.
The 6-foot-2 guard has appeared in 376 regular season games (65 starts) during his eight-year NBA career with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis.
Williams, 22, appeared in 24 games with 13 starts for the Grizzlies this season. The 6-7 forward averaged 5.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 17.4 minutes.
Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson play like stars for the Warriors. Fifth starter Zaza Pachulia does the rest.
Against the Thunder a couple weeks ago, that meant decking Russell Westbrook and standing over the Oklahoma City guard who has repeatedly intensified a feud with Durant.
Except maybe that wasn’t Pachulia’s motivation?
Pachulia, as transcribed by Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle:
“I didn’t mention where everything started, and maybe that’s my fault not to make it clear that I didn’t start that conversation or incident on the court,” Pachulia said on KNBR’s “Murph & Mac.” “He elbowed me right (before the) previous play before I gave him a hard foul. He elbowed me. He lost the ball and threw the elbow in my face. We went on the fast break, Steph (Curry) had the layup and here they come and that’s when I took the hard foul.
“So it was kind of payback from my side. Like I said, a lot of people didn’t know that. I didn’t talk about it. I think it’s fair for me to say now.”
Would Pachulia have forgiven the elbow – which can be seen above – if it didn’t come from a player who was beefing with one of Pachulia’s teammates? I suspect Pachulia might have, but nobody – including him – can ever know for certain. For what it’s worth, Pachulia has taken grievances into his own hands against other players, too.
Either way, Pachulia has put himself in Westbrook’s crosshairs. I doubt any explanation will change that.