Barring a reprieve from the NBA, tonight was DeMarcus Cousins’ last game of the season.
Cousins was called for his 16th technical foul in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ 106-103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena.
That technical foul means Cousins is suspended for Wednesday’s season finale against Phoenix.
Cousins did not want to talk about the technical foul, but did talk about the Kings and the game in general.
The Kings are off Monday, and assuming Cousins does not speak to the media Tuesday after practice, this would be his last media session of the season if he’s suspended.
On how much he’s grown this year:
“I think I’ve grown a lot. There are some disappointments this season; there are some things I wish could’ve happened differently but of course I’ll learn from it and I’ll be a better man at the end of the day.”
When asked how he would assess the coaching this season:
“Coach (Michael) Malone has done an incredible job – I don’t think he gets enough credit. So many changes with this team just throughout the season, everything has been on the fly for everyone, and I think he’s done an incredible job keeping us together, keeping us motivated. I’ve been in this situation before with other coaches and this is the most positive that I think we’ve ever been this late in the year with basically no reason to play. So I think he’s done an incredible job.”
On how he feels heading into the offseason:
“I think the future is bright. I’m with Malone until the end – he knows that. He has my back, I’ve got his. You’re going to be seeing him for awhile until he gets rid of me because it won’t be my choice.”
• Isaiah Thomas had 14 points and four assists in his first start after missing 10 games with a right quad contusion. Derrick Williams started for Rudy Gay (lower back strain) and had 13 points and four rebounds.
• The Kings are 23-6 when scoring 105 or more points this season.