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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) shakes hands with head coach Michael Malone during a timeout in the fourth quarter on Friday night, January 10, 2014 between the Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

Postgame notes: Malone might have to talk more to officials on Cousins’ behalf

Published: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 - 7:53 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 - 10:52 am

DeMarcus Cousins really cannot afford too many more technical fouls. He’s 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 don’t think he’s 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 he’ll bounce back.”

Cousins said he appreciated Malone’s support.

“(Malone) approached me after the game about it and I respect him for it,” Cousins said. “It was a rough night, but it’s good to know that coach has your back.”

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