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DeMarcus Cousins benched at end of game, is ticked about “low blow” from Dennis Schroder

Nov 6, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

It has long been the book on DeMarcus Cousins — you can get under his skin, cause him to lose focus and rather than being a dominant force he becomes a detriment to his team.

Exactly how it went down Tuesday night is up to interpretation but one basic fact is not — new coach Mike Malone benched Cousins the final six minutes of the Kings home loss to the Hawks.

After the game Cousins talked about a fourth-quarter play where he set a screen for Isaiah Thomas and Hawks rookie Dennis Schroeder tried to fight through it and in doing so his left hand clearly catches cousins in the “groin.” If you need more detail follow this link to an Instagram replay of the incident. Here is what Cousins said afterward, via Cowbell Kingdom (hat tip to The Point Forward at SI).

“I took a cheap shot to my lower area,” Cousins told reporters from his locker after the game. “They (the refs) just blew it off. I guess because it was me. But as soon as something happens on the other end, because it’s me, they run to the camera.”

Not much later Cousins was getting back on defense and running up court with Al Horford, and Cousins just shoved him. Horford should get a flopping warning for how he sold the call (the refs ruled a flagrant then reduced it to a regular foul upon review).

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Not much later, Cousins was on the bench. Cousins was having a bad game before that and the Hawks front line of Horford and Paul Millsap owned the Kings, putting up 52 points and 21 boards.

For Cousins, it all comes back to staying in control of his emotions. This is not a new discussion. He has admitted he struggles to let things go — he has a legitimate beef with the Schroeder hit but he can’t let it bleed over into the rest of the night, the rest of his game.

The new Kings ownership believes in Cousins — they have invested $80 million in him with a max extension of his rookie deal. But that contract is a two-way deal; they are betting on Cousins to grow and mature into an elite player you can anchor a team around. A leader. It’s time to start down that path for Cousins, this is just more of the same.

  1. skids003 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Total moron.

  2. redbaronx - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Reporter – “DeMarcus, how are you feeling after a game like that?”

    Cousins – “NUTS!”

  3. timb12 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    I’m tired of his “everyone’s out to get me” attitude.

  4. Vindickative - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    They need to hitch their wagon to this guy for better or for worse — he’s all they’ve got. The good vibes from “Here We Stayed” are already beginning to wane as the Purple Reign appears to be O’er The Lottery for yet another season. What other reason is there to tune into Kings basketball other than the possibility that “Boogie” might go off? To watch John Salmons miss threes? Hopefully they can make some kind of a go of it with D-Cuz long enough for him to go into the stands at that brand-new shiny Downtown Arena we’ve all been promised.

  5. spursareold - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Revenge is a dish best served cold. Wait for the next time coming down the floor and lay out Shroeder with a good hard pick while your guard is walking it up, and he’s not expecting it. Don’t expect the refs to be your mamma.

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