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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

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

02/09/2014 7:48 PM

02/10/2014 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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Jason Jones, who joined The Sacramento Bee in 2002, has covered the Kings since 2008. Jones, a UC Berkeley graduate, also has covered high school sports, the Oakland Raiders and the Sacramento Monarchs for The Bee. Contact him at Twitter: @mr_jasonjones

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