DeMarcus Cousins brushes off brush with security guard (video)

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In the middle of lighting up the Knicks for 24 points and 20 rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins and a security guard bumped each other.

What was with that strange halftime exchange?

Cousins, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

“Actually, I think he was trying to remove me from talking to some refs,” Cousins said after the game. “So he kind of put his hand on my back and tried to move me forward. It’s not really that big of an issue.”

This looked like nothing. Cousins said it was nothing. I’m pretty certain it was nothing.

But the incident drew plenty of interest, because Cousins so demonstratively reacts to everything. He appears to take everything personally and wear his emotions on his sleeve – a passion that both fuels his excellent play, but also leads to the occasional blowup.

Many have just come to expect the worst from Cousins, so they read more into this exchange with the security guard than was necessary.

Unfair to Cousins? Yes. Also understandable? Yes.

Cousins just hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt that he can keep a cool head amid aggravation.