DeMarcus Cousins has bested Dwight Howard at something else now. Up until today, Howard held the record for earliest suspension in league history for reaching 16 technical fouls in one season, having done it on March 5 in 2011.
Cousins will be suspended Wednesday, Feb. 8 against Boston, for reaching his 16th technical of the season Monday night. Cousins was ejected late in the Kings’ loss to the Bulls last night for his second technical foul of the game. Those put Cousins over the hump.
Cousins also will be suspended one game for every two technicals he gets the rest of the season.
The Kings offense falls off by nearly 10 points per 100 possessions — to less than a point per possession — when Cousins is off the court. That is going to hurt against a Boston team whose offense has been clicking lately. The Kings are 3.5 games out of the final playoff slot in the West but are 1-2 so far on a make-or-break stretch where they have 11-of-13 at home.
The one win was against the Warriors, and Cousins celebrated coming down the hallway after the game, seeing fans in Warriors jerseys, flipping them the bird and expressing those same thoughts verbally. I’m not going to run that video, but you get the idea.
The NBA also fined Cousins $25,000 for “making an inappropriate statement and gesture after leaving the playing court” it was announced Tuesday.
If you think all this is going to push the Kings to trade Cousins, you’re wrong.