It’s been almost a month since DeMarcus Cousins was called for a technical foul.
The Kings’ center was called for his 14th and 15th technicals of the season when he was ejected from a Feb. 25 loss to Houston. That left him one technical from a mandatory one-game suspension.
There have been jokes about Cousins picking up his 16th technical, and opponents are trying to irritate and bait him into one. But he has avoided the penalty.
Cousins said keeping his composure has not been a focus.
“I’m focused on winning the game,” he said. “That’s my only focus.”
The past two seasons, Cousins has needed to have a technical rescinded to avoid a suspension.
Coach Michael Malone challenged Cousins to not let officials and the league office decide whether he plays. And considering he hasn’t had a technical rescinded this season, it might be unwise to risk needing a reprieve from the league office.
Malone praised Cousins for keeping his cool during Friday’s loss to San Antonio.
“(Cousins) has gone (12) games now without getting a technical – I give him a lot of credit for that,” Malone said. “He’s really trying to mature and make sure that he doesn’t get that last technical to get suspended. He did a really great job of composing himself (Friday) at times where he could’ve gone the other way.”
Home-court advantage – The Kings, who are 14-20 at Sleep Train Arena, would have to win their seven remaining home games to surpass last season’s home record of 20-21.
Their next three home games are against teams with losing records, beginning today against Milwaukee, which is a league-worst 13-56.
The Kings already have surpassed last season’s road victory total with 10. They were 8-33 on the road last season. Sacramento notched its ninth road win earlier this month by beating Milwaukee.
Ailing forwards – Rudy Gay (stomach illness) is probable for today’s game against the Bucks.
Gay left Friday’s game in the fourth quarter because of the illness, finishing with 14 points. His condition worsened when he was hit in the abdomen on a drive, Malone said.
Quincy Acy (sprained right ankle) is questionable. He sat out Friday’s game.
Neither practiced Saturday.