Mar 10, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) argues a call with the referee during the first quarter of the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Elbow, Blaming Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins For Ejection Is Tough


Last night started out so promising for Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins. Dominating the floor, there seemed to be nobody in the gym that could stop Cousins other than himself. And unfortunately for Cousins and the Kings, that’s exactly what happened – a sight witnessed far too many times for King fans and players alike.

With 24 points and 10 rebounds in just 28 minutes, DeMarcus Cousins was ejected for an “elbow” to the head of Bucks swingman Mike Dunleavy, who was spotted barking with Cousins moments earlier. The issue stemming from a highly questionable block out by Dunleavy where he smashed into Cousins’ knee, bending it in an ugly fashion. Both players were seen harping at each other out of a timeout – Cousins instigating the yelling, which was followed by a two-hand push in the back moments later from Dunleavy. The push, as you can see in the video below, lead to this…

As Sacramento King fans can attest to, a blow to the head is a blow to the head (circa Ron Artest in the ’06 playoffs). There’s no disputing that and Cousins’ elbow clearly had a date with Dunleavy’s melon, but intentional? It looked no worse than the chop block moments earlier that Cousins was on the receiving end of.

That said – rules are rules and Cousin’s deserved the ejection, per the NBA Bible. But despite needing to control himself and his perceived reputation, I have a difficult time giving Cousins the blame in last nights dust up as both situations were instigated by Dunleavy. Sure, it’s up to Cousins to control himself in that scenario, but that’s pretty easy for myself (and others) to say when it wasn’t my leg being bent violently inwards – something that could’ve ended Cousins’ season or even worse.

There’s no doubt Cousins has had his issues – many of which he’s the main source of blame in, but last night, I just can’t pin it on him. The elbow intention was questionable and though deservedly ejected, he shouldn’t have been the lone person watching from the locker room.

But as King fans saw in the final moment of last nights game, objectiveness isn’t the strong suit of NBA referees.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alfred-Avalos/100000867977186 Alfred Avalos

    There’s no excuse for Demarcus retaliation. He needs to beat teams with his play on the court and not his elbows to the head. Although i did enjoy watching the peoples elbow connect last night it was very comical being how i seen in from only 10 feet away. Cousins c’mon man you’re better than that!

    • http://twitter.com/ARoyalPain A Royal Pain

      Completely agree with that – but that said – I can’t sit here and pretend I wouldn’t have reacted in a similar way had that happened to my knee. In most situations, Cousins needs to be smarter but last night – although if he indeed honestly retaliate, while stupid, I can give him a pass on it for what Dunleavy did. Can’t go into a guys knee like that.

      • David Echard

        Last time I checked, Dunleavy is not particularly known for being a dirty player. On the other hand,’Cousins rep precedes him. Cousins will get 1 final chance next year. A new coach and a few vets around him might help his maturity on the court. If Not, trade him by the next deadline.

  • Krish

    I’m not with you on this one Bryan. Dunleavy was just trying to block him out and get low on the block in order to hold his ground. Cousin’s act is tired.