DeMarcus Cousins has once again crossed the line, as far as Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart is concerned. Cousins might be the Kings star player, but Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, he didn’t start. Smart only played Cousins for nine minutes. It’s obvious Smart isn’t happy with Cousins for some reason, and the possibilities are endless.
It’s unlikely they’ll both be back with the team next year. Which one goes depends on the franchise status of the Kings and who the new owners will be.
Smart and Cousins have had their ups and downs all season, and apparently had another down moment prior to the game.
No specifics have been given, but indications were that it’s a one-game NBA deal and Cousins will return to the starting lineup. Cousins was 2-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line for six points.
He only had two rebounds. For the season, he’s still having solid performances with 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He’s averaging 30.7 minutes a game and is shooting 56.3 percent from the floor. However, controlling his temper has been an issue all season.
Prior to the Dallas game, Cousins was 7-of-13 from the floor in 27 minutes of action against the Houston Rockets and wound up with 29 points and six rebounds. He also fouled out.
If Smart wants to prove who’s boss against the high-tempered Cousins, he made his point. If Cousins wanted to prove that Sacramento can’t win without him, he also made his point; the Kings, who have played well lately, lost the game against Dallas 117-108.