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November 25, 2012
The Morning After: DeMarcus Cousins must show more restraint

I've seen the video of DeMarcus Cousins' ejection from Saturday night's win over Utah and I'm still unsure of what he said or did to pick up his second technical foul.

The league could rescind it this week. But that doesn't change the reality that Cousins needs to chill out with the officials.

He can't win.

After one technical foul is called, there's nothing he can say or do to change it. So he has to show more restraint and not put himself in position to be called for technical fouls.

I know it's easy for me to say from the sidelines, but Cousins can't jeopardize his team's chances by being ejected from games for not showing restraint.

Cousins, like any player is going to want an explanation on some calls.

That might mean allowing a teammate or coach Keith Smart to speak to officials on his behalf. But Cousins can't continue to talk to officials and draw their ire. It might not be fair, but as the cliché goes, it is what it is.

He doesn't have a sterling reputation with the referees so the whistles might come faster for him than others. And until that changes, Cousins has to bite his tongue.

The Kings had enough to overcome losing Cousins (who was playing a great game) Saturday but he has to be smarter in dealing with the officials.

*What didn't make it into the game story was how Thomas Robinson played in the fourth quarter.

He scored seven points in the fourth and played under control when attacking the basket. Robinson said after the game the key has been slowing down on the court. Remember Robinson from summer league? He was intent on running through whoever was in his way and played out of control.

That wasn't Robinson in the fourth quarter.

"My job has been a role player coming off the bench and staying prepared when things like that happen," Robinson said. "So I just came in and did what I was supposed to do."

*Over the last three games Tyreke Evans is averaging 21.3 points on 51.1 percent shooting.

But the hottest shooter has been Aaron Brooks, who is averaging 14.3 points while shooting 70.8 percent (17 of 24). Brooks has made 8 of 13 three pointers and has only two turnovers over that span.

Marcus Thornton is shooting 51.4 percent over the last three games, averaging 16.7 points.



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