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February 13, 2011
Cousins doesn't make the trip to Phoenix after altercation

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was left in Sacramento and did not make the trip with the team after Saturday night's game to Phoenix.

When Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie returns from scouting college players Sunday to decide whether to suspend Cousins, according to a team spokesman. Cousins could join the Kings in Phoenix later today.

Cousins had an altercation in the locker room with Donte' Greene over his decision to give the ball to Tyreke Evans in the final seconds of the Kings' 99-97 loss to Oklahoma City.

Cousins believes he was open on the final play and that Greene should have given him the ball instead of deferring to Evans.

Cousins and Greene exchanged words and had to be separated.

I spoke to Greene about the decision to give the ball to Evans after the game.

He said Cousins wasn't open, something Kings coach Paul Westphal agreed with after the game.

Here's what Westphal said:

"We had Omri and Beno cutting to opposite corners and Tyreke setting a back pick for DeMarcus and Donte inbounding the ball to see who was open. He was going to get it to whoever was open and get it in and spread the floor and attack since we only had five seconds to go. We tried to get a two if we could but a three would be fine. DeMarcus was kind of open but would have been kind of risky. Tyreke had a good look at a three and it just didn't go in."

Here's the link to the final play here. Go to the 2:20 mark to see the final play.

This is the fourth incident involving Cousins that has gone public. Cousins was fined before the season after a verbal altercation with the team's strength and conditioning coach.

Cousins was kicked out of practice in November after clashing with Westphal. He was also benched for making a choking getsure at Golden State guard Reggie Williams while he was a the free throw line.

--Jason Jones



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