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March 11, 2013
The Morning After: Teammates say it's up to Cousins to control himself

DeMarcus Cousins left his teammates in a bind, again.

And his teammates are tired of trying to figure out what to do about Cousins. They'd prefer if Cousins would just stop doing things that forces them to answer "What was DeMarcus thinking?"

Tyreke Evans was left to find some kind of positive: "Hopefully he'll get a chance to play against Chicago ... Thankfully he didn't throw no punches."

That's what it's come to.

The Kings still face the possibility Cousins will be suspended for his elbow to Mike Dunleavy in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee.

"Unfortunately I didn't see what happened so I have no idea what to say to him," said Patrick Patterson. "If I have the opportunity to go back, look at the play and see what happened, knowing what happened during the play will decide what I say to him when I make contact with him."

But will it matter what Patterson or anyone says to Cousins?

"It's hard, he's his own man," said guard Isaiah Thomas. "I say things to him, he listens to me a lot. A lot of people say things to him, especially when that thing happened. Everyone said, 'Just calm down, calm down.' But he wears his emotions on his sleeve. But that's the big thing with DeMarcus. He just has to be smarter. He's got to know when things like that happen they're going to be looking at you. I didn't see what happened, whatever he did."

Added Jason Thompson:

"You can give a person as much advice as you can. From us, to coaches, to Hall of Famers, to whatever. But at the end of the day you're in this league because you're a grown man, you've going to do what you want to do."

Thomas on if Cousins will ever figure out how to control his emotions:

"I hope. I don't know what it's going to take. I hope so. He's a helluva player, one of the best big men in the league. He has to be smarter in certain situations so one day so I hope it does click or something but I think it's in his control. It's in nobody's control but himself. And I think it will click, hopefully soon."

*As for the game, who would have guessed it would take Jimmer Fredette, Marcus Thornton, John Salmons, Tyreke Evans and Cole Aldrich to rally the Kings late.

And on that free throw Fredette missed on purpose that gave the Kings a chance to win?

"Great play by him at the end," said Bucks coach Jim Boylan. "We knew he was going to miss but to be that accurate with the miss and hit the front of the rim and have it come right back to him in no time. It looked like the Globetrotter play, with the fake free throw the ball came back so fast."

Fredette had the ball stripped from him by Monta Ellis on the rebound. The Kings wanted a foul call. Ellis said he had "all ball."

You can review that play and the Cousins-Dunleavy incidents again for yourself.

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