DeMarcus Cousins had one of his best games of the season Saturday afternoon in a 103-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, but the takeaway from the game regarding the Sacramento Kings’ young center will be a postgame flap in which he yanked teammate Isaiah Thomas away from shaking hands with Clippers star Chris Paul.
Here’s the video:
After the game was over (Cousins missed a long jumper with the Kings down one), Paul looked for Thomas to shake hands. Cousins, as seen in the video, yanked Thomas away.
“He’s young, man,” Paul said on a televised interview on Fox Sports West. “He don’t know no better. He needs some guidance. It is what it is.”
Thomas was willing to laugh the incident off.
“That’s just DeMarcus,” Thomas told the Associated Press, laughing. “He gets upset. He doesn’t like anybody on the other team and that’s how he is. I’m all for it, but I just had to shake my guy Jamal (Crawford)’s hand.”
Clipper Jared Dudley was less than amused.
“It’s bad sportsmanship,” Dudley said. “He’s better than that. Someone will talk to him.”
Old-school fans might like Cousins’ attitude. After all, it does seem like postgame activities in almost every sport now resemble a love-in, with various hugs, greetings and bouquets being tossed around.
Part of it, though, was pure frustration.
“I’m tired of being a part of going down 20 and then trying to come back later in the game,” Cousins said. “The way we played the last stretch of that game, we’ve got to start games off the same way so that we won’t be in those situations and we’d have a better chance.”
It was a chippy game throughout. Travis Outlaw got tossed for a flagrant 2 foul on J.J. Redick after he pulled the Clippers guard down on a fast break and Cousins and Clipper star Blake Griffin each received technical fouls within a span of less than a minute in the fourth period.
Cousins finished with 23 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists.