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Kings notes: Cousins' appeal denied by NBA

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 - 11:09 am

DeMarcus Cousins' appeal to reduce his two-game suspension to one was denied Tuesday, and he missed his second game when the Kings lost to the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Cousins was suspended Sunday for two games for confronting San Antonio Spurs broadcaster and former NBA player Sean Elliott after last Friday's game in what the NBA deemed a "hostile" manner.

Cousins left the locker room to confront Elliott about comments he'd been told Elliott made about him during the television broadcast.

The appeal through the National Basketball Players Association was an attempt to get the penalty reduced on the basis the punishment was too harsh.

So the Kings had to move on without Cousins, who is their leading scorer and rebounder.

"We'll get through this night here and eventually get our team back," Kings coach Keith Smart said.

On Sunday, the Kings were without Cousins and forward Thomas Robinson in losing at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Robinson was suspended two games for a flagrant foul 2 last Wednesday when he elbowed Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko in the neck. Robinson returned to the lineup Tuesday.

Smart said the disruption to the lineup caused by the suspensions has stalled some of his team's progress.

"We had the two unfortunate incidents with both our young players and we're pretty much starting over again," Smart said.

Smart's solution to keep the team on track is to keep them on the court.

"I just keep them working," Smart said. "That's the biggest thing to take their minds off anything that's going on."

Missing two more – The Kings played the Trail Blazers without starting point guard Isaiah Thomas (out for personal reasons) and Francisco Garcia (flu).

Voting time – The NBA released the fan ballots for this season's NBA All-Star Game in Houston. Fans can vote for the starting lineup with coaches selecting the reserves.

Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and Cousins were the three Kings on the ballot.

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