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Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins in spotlight again

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) had lots of problems with referee calls in this game. Sacramento Kings against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Sleep Train Arena on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) had lots of problems with referee calls in this game. Sacramento Kings against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Sleep Train Arena on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

After the Kings lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-116 on Monday at Sleep Train Arena, the buzz online wasn’t about the team’s lame defense in their third consecutive loss.

Instead, most of the headlines were about center DeMarcus Cousins – again – with some including terms like “hellacious punch,” “restraint,” “holds back” and “came THIS close.”

After Thunder center Steven Adams held Cousins’ right ankle near the Oklahoma City basket, preventing Cousins from joining his teammates downcourt, Cousins cocked his right arm as if to suggest he might consider punching Adams.

No blows were thrown, and Adams was called for a foul, Cousins was not.

“You could say I know what to expect, especially from him,” Cousins said after the game about playing against the Thunder and Adams.

Cousins rolled his left ankle early in the third quarter and had to have the ankle re-taped before returning to the game.

In the first quarter, Cousins played peacemaker when the Kings’ Quincy Acy and the Thunder’s Kevin Durant exchanged words after Acy was called for a foul. Cousins stepped between them and pushed Durant away with his right hand. Cousins was called for a personal foul, his second, and Acy was given a technical.

The Kings begin a four-game road trip Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Sacramento Bee NBA insider Jason Jones' three takeaways from Sacramento Kings 131-116 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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