WASHINGTON -- DeMarcus Cousins really cannot afford too many more technical fouls. Hes at 12, four away from an automatic one-game suspension.
So Michael Malone might start piling up techs in defense of his big man.
Cousins had a dreadful shooting night, going 3-for-16, in the Kings 93-84 loss to the Washington Wizards Sunday at Verizon Center.
Malone knows this kind of game is not the norm. And he also might be speaking up more when Cousins is hit as much as he was tonight.
This is an anomaly for him, Malone said. I dont think hes had any game like this all year where he struggled like this. They were very physical with him. Could there have been some more foul calls during that game? Maybe. Maybe I have to do a better job for him and fight his case. This has not been DeMarcus, this is the exception and I know hell bounce back.
Cousins said he appreciated Malones support.
(Malone) approached me after the game about it and I respect him for it, Cousins said. It was a rough night, but its good to know that coach has your back.