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January 11, 2013
The Morning After: Rebounding continues to hurt the Kings

The Dallas Mavericks are routinely outrebounded. But as many opponents have discovered, you can always make up for that against the Kings.

Dallas has the worst rebounding differential in the NBA (minus-4.32) but outrebounded the Kings 52-41 in their 117-112 overtime win at Sleep Train Arena.

(The Kings have the second-worst differential at minus-4.11).

The Kings allowed 15 offensive rebounds to the Mavs and 17 second-chance points.

So even on a night the Kings defended well, holding Dallas to 42.7 percent shooting could never pull away and eventually lost a game they should have won going handily.

*Dwight Howard and Charlie Villanueva are among the players recently fined for flagrant foul 2 calls. That's the only reason I think DeMarcus Cousins will play Saturday against the Miami Heat.

Cousins' admits his reputation could hurt him and he could be suspended for the play below, when he caught Vince Carter with a forearm in the face.

*In two games against Dallas Cousins has faced discipline for hitting an opponent. He was suspended in December for hitting O.J. Mayo in the groin.

Now he'll see if there is further punishment after being ejected Thursday.

But he still has a fan in Mavs coach Rick Carlisle:

"Cousins is a phenomenal player. I don't know if I've ever seen a guy that's that big that has the diversity that he has to his game. He does things off the dribble with such force and speed. He is really a unique player."

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