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DeMarcus Cousins attempts two three-pointers in final seconds of loss to Lakers, fails miserably (VIDEO)

Mar 31, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins ranks 11th out of 12 Sacramento Kings players in three-point shooting percentage this season. He’s 4-21 from beyond the arc, good for a mark of 19 percent.

This is a relevant statistic in light of the events that took place on the Kings’ final meaningful offensive possession during Saturday night’s 103-98 home loss to the Lakers.

With the Kings trailing by three and in possession of the ball, and with a full 24-second shot clock to work with, Cousins finds himself on the perimeter in isolation, with Dwight Howard defending. He pump-fakes Howard — successfully — before leaning into him and forcing a wild shot, in what was an obvious attempt to draw the foul.

The referees either thought Howard recovered in time to re-establish position before Cousins jumped into him, or they simply weren’t willing to blow the whistle on a play like that with the game on the line. It’s worth noting that most of the time, players who get their defender to leave his feet and then initiate contact on the shot attempt are awarded free throws in similar situations.

The fact that Cousins attempted to pull this off, given his extremely low shooting percentage from three-point distance and with 20 seconds still left on the shot clock, wasn’t a great basketball decision. The one that followed was even worse.

Howard deflects the ball to John Salmons, so the Kings still have a chance to recover from Cousins’ poor choice.  Salmons passes it back to Cousins, who, perhaps looking for redemption, immediately launches another three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining.

The shot was short off the front of the iron, and the Kings earned their 47th loss of the season.

  1. brianspider - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Absolute GHOST call gets Kobe to the line. Then on the other end, while a bad decision, Cousins fails to get a call easily whistled for most other players in the league.

    • pickyouoff24 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Ghost call? I don’t know how many 15 footers kobe has missed wide right at the end of a game from straight away?

      • brianspider - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Well to start, there’s one instance right there. Why does it matter how bad he missed it? Salmons’ arm was a good foot away from Kobe, go look at the replay. It’s at the top of the page, in cased you missed it as bad as Kobe with that shot.

      • pickyouoff24 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Im sorry but I still disagree. I believe the foul is fairly obvious when you look at the way Kobe took his jump shot. Salmons initially hits Kobe’s elbow as he begins his release. This then forces Kobe to double pump and release the ball as he is coming down rather than at the peak of his jumper.

    • divan22 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      I didn’t see the Kobe play but you’re right about the Cousins play. He definitely should’ve earned a trip to the line.

      That’s 2 straight Lakers wins which ended in terrible no-calls that helped the Lakers win.

  2. ron05342 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I was surprised that Cousins didn’t melt down in the locker room after the game, as expected.

    Maybe the kid is finally growing up.

  3. baymac408 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    LAKERS ARE GARBAGE!!! League wants that wack team in the 8th seed.. That’s why Kobe goes to the line evertytine he touches the ball!! And they don’t call anything against the FAKERS!! Garbage team garbage fans!!

  4. nomorsacbball - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    not even surprised by this anymore. there’s NO WAY Stern let’s his money maker miss the playoffs. he’s all about the ratings and big business.

    • pensfan603 - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      I think its more of the Refs know who Kobe is and they are use to blowing the whistle every time he takes a shot so they are more likely to make a call on 50 50s while on Cousins, he is a less known player who gets fouled less but ya, your point is right this league Caters to the superstars.

  5. broncobeta - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    The league’s love for the Lakers is disgusting.

  6. jimmerg31385 - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    you all must not follow the nba much. There were 3 key points of emphasis the NBA made to officials over the past couple of years. The first was that when an offensive player rips the ball through a defender’s outstretched hands and then attempts to shoot it should be a non-shooting foul. The second was that when an offensive player extends his leg out on a jump shot to make contact with a defender it should be an offensive foul. The third is that when an offensive player jumps INTO a defensive player it should NOT be called a foul. These were not rule changes, just correcting situations where officials in previous years had been interpreting the rules incorrectly.

  7. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    The more NBA games I watch, the less I care. It’s sad, really. Phenomenal sport with phenomenal athletes, but when it gets to the point where the league feels like it has to determine the entertainment, the sport itself suffers.

    March Madness proves each and every year that the sport of basketball provides more than enough entertainment on its own. It’s a shame that Stern feels that the sport is lacking unless teams from certain cities or with certain players are in the playoffs, and that profitability trumps true competition.

  8. iansmith559 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    The NBA takes a back seat to every other sport except hockey and this game is another reason why. The NBA wants parity only if it doesn’t involve the money making teams and players.

  9. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    the headline of this article is true however i find it a little misleading….it’s really easy to talk about cousins like he’s a knucklehead, because he is…but this should be more about the bogus foul call kobe got and then the big no-call cousins got on the other end. it’s just another example that conspiracy theorists who compare the nba to wwe can point to that is difficult to ignore…

  10. louhudson23 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Get a name and it sticks….Kobe has got his and Cousins has got his……

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