Kings notes: As losses mount, so do technical fouls

Published: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 9C
Last Modified: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 - 10:57 am

The Kings are similar to the other 29 NBA teams in one regard. They believe they don't get their fair share of calls from officials.

Kings coach Keith Smart says his team complains no more than any other.

"Everybody thinks they get fouled in the NBA," Smart said. "But if you look at our team or look at what you want to see, that's what you will see."

The Kings were called for two technical fouls during Friday's loss to Atlanta. For DeMarcus Cousins, it was his third in seven games. Guard Aaron Brooks was also called for a technical foul.

Entering last week's games, Cousins was tied with five other players for the second-most technical fouls with two. Three players had three.

Smart has one technical foul this season. He picked it up last Sunday in Los Angeles after guard Marcus Thornton landed hard on a blocked shot with no foul call.

"Mine are more calculated," Smart said. "I'm always paying attention to the score and what the situation in the game is.

"I don't get them in the fourth quarter. I don't get them in a close game."

The fine for the first five technicals is $2,000. The next five is $3,000 and then $4,000 for technicals 11-15. The 16th technical would lead to a $5,000 fine and a one-game suspension.

Each two additional technicals would be another $5,000 fine and a one-game suspension.

John Salmons wouldn't go so far as to say the Kings are complainers.

"I think we're figuring out we have to play a different way," Salmons said.

Body work – During Saturday's film session, Smart showed players how their body language changed, depending on how the game was going.

When things were going well, Smart said the Kings were enthusiastic on the court and sideline. When things weren't going well, the good vibes faded.

"When they were down, you saw the (slumped) shoulders, you saw the quick snap to judge a person come out," Smart said. "As they started playing well, you saw all the things winning and a positive attitude brings."

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