The Sacramento Kings had momentum against the best team in the NBA, and in a matter of moments, Monday night’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors turned it another embarrassing footnote in a long list of them this season.

With the Kings up 66-64 on the Warriors, star forward DeMarcus Cousins picked up his fifth foul just over three minutes into the third quarter. With his teammates telling him to calm down, Cousins was T’d up by veteran NBA ref Monty McCutchen after complaining about the call Cousins, angered with the tech, earned another technical foul, this time from D-League ref turned NBA official Mitchell Ervin, and was ejected after pushing through his own teammates, continuing yelling at Ervin while flailing his arms.

Cousins eventually had to be restrained by teammate Rudy Gay and assistant coach Corliss Williamson before walking off the court.

The ejection prompted a Warriors run, scoring the next 15 points to take a 79-66 lead less than three minutes later. The Warriors handily defeated the Kings, 122-103.

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reported that Kings general manager Vlade Divac said he expects the league to suspend Cousins, but that the Kings won’t discipline him otherwise.

“He said he understands what he did but he didn’t do anything wrong in my opinion,” Divac said.

Head coach George Karl wasn’t a fan of the fouls against Cousins but said his team can’t react that way.

It just seemed to me there were cute, soft fouls called on DeMarcus and he got his fifth and he lost his cool.”
“We had a tough, bad refereed game but we can’t emotionally lose it,” Karl said.
The Kings fell to 12-19 with the loss, and instead of highlighting facts like Omri Casspi hitting nine three-pointers against the Warriors, we’re left talking about yet another Cousins on-court incident. Plus, Sacramento may be without their best player as he’s probably going to be suspended, if for nothing else, the swing attempt toward a referee. With or without Cousins, the Kings may be doomed. Still, they’re a much better team with him, when he stays on the floor.

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