OKLAHOMA CITY When the Kings had their morning meeting Monday, there were two ways to plan for that night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. There was the game plan with DeMarcus Cousins and the one without him.
The Kings only had to worry about the former after the NBA rescinded a technical foul called against Cousins in Sunday's loss at Houston. If it had stood, it would have been his 16th of the season and come with an automatic one-game suspension.
It was the second technical foul Cousins has had rescinded this season.
It also was the second time in as many seasons Cousins has needed to have a technical foul rescinded in order to play in a game late in the season at Oklahoma City.
"In our breakfast meeting (Monday) morning, it's, 'How do you want to start?' " said Kings coach Keith Smart. "So you kind of hold up everyone on that. We have to get beyond this kind of stuff."
Cousins was called for a technical foul with 2:47 left in the first quarter for pushing Houston forward Greg Smith as he ran up the court.
Cousins said referee Violet Palmer, who made the call, apologized for the quick whistle.
"In that event (Sunday), I think the official saw it was a quick reaction and the decision was made from the league office, and they saw it was a pretty quick reaction," Smart said.
Smart was happy to have Cousins in the lineup but would like to see him reach the point in his development where he's not close to the technical foul limit at the end of a season.
"You want to get it to where those things are all behind us and we don't worry about those things anymore," Smart said.
The second homecoming Kings center Cole Aldrich played his second game against a former team in as many nights.
After his career highs of 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots against Houston, Aldrich had 12 points and 13 rebounds against Oklahoma City, where he spent his first two NBA seasons.
The Thunder traded Aldrich to Houston before the season as part of the deal that sent James Harden to the Rockets and Kevin Martin to Oklahoma City.
Missing Martin (back) sat out the game against the Kings, his former team. The Thunder also was without center Kendrick Perkins (hamstring).