As the Sacramento Kings walked off the court at Staples Center, Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas called over to Jamal Crawford to shake and catch up. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was not having it. Cousins pulled Thomas back the other way, breaking up the session. Isaiah says he won’t take Cousins’ gesture seriously, but he should.
“That’s just DeMarcus,” Thomas said to the media, “He gets upset. He doesn’t like anybody on the other team, and that’s how he is. I’m all for it, but I just had to shake my guy Jamal’s hand.” Well, DeMarcus made the right call then. This game was marred with technical fouls on both sides, including a flagrant-2 that had J.J. Redick doubling over in pain and led to an ejection of Kings forward Travis Outlaw.
Blake Griffin received a technical in the second half for throwing a ball off Luc Mbah a Moute. It was bedlam inside Staples. These teams flat out don’t like each other and tonight, it backfired for the Sacramento Kings who could have used Outlaw in the second half.
“I’m tired of being a part of going down 20 and then trying to come back later in the game,” Cousins said. What he meant is the Kings fell behind in the first quarter, and a second-half flurry was not enough as Chris Paul found a way to get a win for the Los Angeles Clippers.
What we can conclude is that this team — mainly Cousins — is tired of losing, and I credit him for not only taking responsibility for his play on the court, but also for his teammates. There’s no way I’m shaking hands with the Clippers after this game. Jamal Crawford and Isaiah are buddy-buddy, but these two teams hate each other — that much was evident on Saturday night.
This game came down to the last 24 seconds. It was a game Sacramento had to have, and to let it slip through their fingers in the closing moments will make their next game against the Los Angeles Lakers a must-win, even in the early stages of the season.