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Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:40 am
Edited on: April 11, 2011 12:48 am
 

Monta Ellis taken to hospital after hard fall

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis takes a hard fall against the Sacramento Kings and was taken to a hospital afterwards. Posted by Ben Golliver.

With roughly a minute to go during the fourth quarter of a game and his team leading the Sacramento Kings, 100-97, Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis took a nasty spill that forced him out of the game with an apparent head injury.

Ellis drove into the paint against Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, drawing a foul as he catapulted in the air and flung the ball at the rim. On his way down, Ellis landed hard on his right side and lay in a heap in the paint. He was able to walk off the court under his own power, but the Warriors tweeted after the game that Ellis "will be taken to a local hospital for further examination after hitting his head late in tonight's game." 

CSNBayArea.com added these details.
He landed awkwardly and appeared to hit the side of his head on the hardwood floor. Ellis remained on the ground for a minute or so and when he got up appeared visibly woozy. Ellis, who got fouled on the play, went to the bench and did not return ... Warriors coach Keith Smart said after the game that Ellis had been bothered throughout the game by a sore ankle. Ellis ended up playing just 26 minutes, but sat for most of the fourth quarter.
The Warriors also noted that Ellis "will not travel with the team to Denver for tomorrow's game." Following Monday's game against the Nuggets in Denver, the Warriors close their season at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Here's video of the play.



To add insult to the injury, the Warriors lost to the Kings, 104-103, giving up four straight points in Ellis' absence. Ellis is Golden State's leading scorer at 24.3 points per game, and his absence could have playoff implications, as both the Nuggets and Blazers are jockeying in the playoff seeding race. Denver is currently the No. 5 seed while Portland is currently the No. 6 seed.

Updates on Ellis' health when they become available.
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:17 am
 

Shootaround 3.21.11: Andrew Bynum apologizes

Andrew Bynum apologizes, DeMarcus Cousins contacted an official, Marcus Camby sprained an ankle, the Denver Nuggets are selling tickets and a whole lot more. Posted by Ben Golliver. shootaround
  • The New York Knicks, in desperate need of a big man, continue to be linked in rumors to big man Earl Barron, who may be released by the Milwaukee Bucks. The latest rumor comes from the New York Post.
  • Miami Heat president Pat Riley tells the Palm Beach Post that all the stories about his team have been written and that it's time to "forget about all the prognostication."
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:54 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Video: DeMarcus Cousins ejected after shoving

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was ejected after a shoving match with members of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Water is wet, the sky is blue and Sacramento Kings rookie big man DeMarcus Cousins can't control his emotions. 

Cousins' latest display of immaturity came on Sunday in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the Kings leading 77-62 near the end of the third quarter, Cousins couldn't keep his cool after being pushed by pesky Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour

Standing off the ball, Cousins took a two-arms shoved from Ridnour. The foul was obvious, completely unnecessary and immediately whistled. Cousins, however, couldn't let it go at that, stomping towards Ridnour and bumping bodies while the two jawed. Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic intervened, lightly restraining Cousins, which led the Sacramento big man to shove out with both of his arms, an act that Pekovic reciprocated.  

But, wait, there's more. Timberwolves guard Martell Webster then attempted to play peacemaker, putting his left arm into Cousins' chest, an act that again led Cousins to shove Webster away with both of his arms, tossing Webster into teammate Jason Thompson. At that point, Cousins was immediately booted from the game by multiple officials.

Here's a look at the sequence courtesy of YouTube user Kingsflix.



Cousins and Kings fans will likely feel as if he got the raw end of this deal given that his actions were mostly in response or retaliation to Minnesota's actions, but at some point he will need to come to terms with the fact that his size and track record make him an easy mark for officials. 

So, Luke Ridnour shoved you. Who cares? Set up the side out of bounds play and nail him with a good, solid pick. Cousins stepped to Ridnour with something to prove, but he only proved how easily he is mentally manipulated.

The Kings held on for the victory over the Timberwolves, 127-95.
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:37 am
Edited on: March 10, 2011 1:48 am
 

Game Changer: Game-winners galore

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins got tons of late touches, Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson got a tip in at the buzzer, Kevin Durant stars in an amazing picture and Blake Griffin throws down a lefty finish. All that, plus plenty more. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Each game is made up of elements that help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the previous night's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what led to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.  

THE BIG ONE: ALL DEMARCUS, ALL THE TIME ALMOST WORKED

If you're not rooting for the Sacramento Kings on behalf of their awesome fanbase given the possibility that the team relocates to Anaheim, there's something wrong with you. But Tuesday night's 106-102 loss to the Orlando Magic was painful enough to keep even a bandwagon-jumping sympathetic observer up at night, befuddled at how it went down. 

The Kings jumped out of the gate thanks to a double dose of Marcus Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins, who combined for 19 first quarter points. Playing with life and energy, the Kings held on to a slight edge throughout most of the game, looking stoic enough to hang on despite the Magic finally getting serious midway through the fourth quarter.  Even as Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson was in the midst of scoring eight straight Magic points, the Kings had an answer, as Cousins swished a beautiful turnaround jumper to give Sacramento a 97-93 lead with 4:03 to play.

Unfortunately, That jumper might have been the worst thing that happened to the Kings. Playing without lead guard Tyreke Evans, the Kings simply turned over the entirety of their offense to Cousins for most of the rest of the game. Given that he finished with 29 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes and was being guarded by Dwight Howard, who was playing with five fouls, it wasn't a horrible idea. But as the possessions added up, it did start to feel forced, especially as he was often isolated well outside the paint. 

On the first possession following his made jumper, Cousins missed a jumper and committed a turnover and then, with one possession off in the middle for a Thornton three-pointer, Cousins missed another jumper. Unswayed, and now trailing thanks to some more Nelson heroics, the Kings went back to Cousins again. He succeeded in drawing Howard's sxith foul on a drive to the hoop. Howard argued the call, but replays showed he had a hold of Cousins' jersey and didn't do an adequate enough job of moving his feet. Cousins missed the front end of the free throws, much to his own dismay, as the familiar head shake and "negative body language" was definitely in the building. Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu responded by hitting a three-pointer -- which he followed up with a wave goodbye -- to make the score 105-100, and that was essentially the ball game. 

The three or four minute stretch of play encapsulated Cousins' season: tantalizing yet, ultimately, frustrating. His combination of a pure shooting stroke, handle, ability to snare offensive rebounds and his uncanny ability to draw fouls around the hoop made this game must-see TV, even as the Kings were busy blowing a late lead throughout all of it. 

It's no big secret that Cousins needs to mature. This was the type of night that makes it possible for diehard Kings fans, and their sympathizers, to come away thinking: "Take your time growing up, big fella. We'll be here waiting for you."

AL JEFFERSON'S GAME-WINNER:

Earlier Wednesday night, we brought you video of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's game-winning jumper against the Memphis Grizzlies. Anthony's shot wasn't the only game-winner of the evening. 

Utah Jazz big man Al Jefferson had one of the most improbable game-winners you'll see, topping the Raptors in Toronto. With the game tied at 94 with less than two seconds left, Jazz point guard Devin Harris drove into the lane to throw up a flip shot. The shot missed off the backboard and caromed into a four-man scrum in the middle of the paint. 

Both Sonny Weems and Reggie Evans, one of the league's best rebounders, were in between Jefferson and the basket, however Jefferson was able to extend above both of them and teammate C.J. Miles to get his right hand to the ball. He propelled the ball upwards, well above the rim level, and it looped down slowly, directly through the basket. Jefferson's bucket provided the Jazz with the winning margin as time expired, 96-94. 

Here's video of the play, courtesy of YouTube user ESPN.


GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

Kevin Durant: 34 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, one block on 13 of 26 shooting in 43 minutes in an Oklahoma City Thunder road win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Tyler Hansbrough:  21 points, 10 rebounds, three steals on 6 of 12 shooting in 36 minutes in an Indiana Pacers road loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Love:  16 points, 21 rebounds, one steal in 27 minutes in a Minnesota Timberwolves home win over the Indiana Pacers.

Carmelo Anthony:  31 points, five rebounds, six assists, one steal on 12 of 24 shooting in a New York Knicks road win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

DeMarcus Cousins:  29 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals on 8 of 16 shooting in a Sacramento Kings home loss to the Orlando Magic.

DON'T MISS:

HIGHLIGHT REEL:

This is far from Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin's finest work, but he threw down a nifty, lefty dunk against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Griffin slips the pick, levitates, clutches and finishes over Nenad Krstic. Pretty sweet. Video courtesy of YouTube user QuakeGriffin.

 

WHIMSY:

I'm not sure if this picture of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant requires 3D goggles to view properly but it's pretty awesome.
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FINAL THOUGHT:

The Utah Jazz called up D-Leaguer Marcus Cousin on Tuesday and he made his NBA debut on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors. Only one problem: The Jazz didn't have a jersey with his last name on it, just the number zero. RidiculousUpside.com comes through with the you-have-to-see-it picture and an explanation of what happened. 
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 2:53 am
 

For a weekend, the Kentucky trio reunites

Posted by Royce Young



LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't a coincidence that DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe all sat within arm's length of each other during media availability following their Rookie Challenge practice. The three have been separated for a few months, but if just for a weekend, it's like the good old days in Lexington.

"It's great for us to all be on the floor again together," John Wall said. "It's probably for the last time too unless something happens in the future with some trades or something. So it's cool."

The Kentucky supertrio all went separate ways with Wall staying east with the Wizards, with Cousins and Bledsoe stretching out west to Sacramento and Los Angeles.

It was a historic draft night for the Wildcats, with the three players all going in the first round. Wall was taken first overall, Cousins fifth and Bledsoe 18th.

Their rookie seasons have all been similar, but in different ways. All three are on struggling teams that are working to rebuild. All three have had some serious ups and down. Wall has battled some injuries, Bledsoe is getting used to playing as a backup behind Baron Davis and Cousins, well, he's had his own stuff to deal with.

Cousins has had a few incidents early in the season but caught a lot of attention with a locker room scuffle with teammate Donte Greene. But for the 20 minutes he sat next to Bledsoe and Wall, he looked to be right at home. He actually ignored questions at times because he was too busy messing with Bledsoe. When one photographer wanted a picture of Bledsoe and Cousins together, Cousins grabbed his former Wildcat teammate and pulled him over. Never mind that Bledsoe was in the middle of answering a question.

I talked to Cousins following the Kings loss in Oklahoma City which was his first game back after being ruled inactive because of the locker room incident. Of course the Kings had just lost, but Cousins overall mood was night and day different sitting next to Wall and Bledsoe. Whatever it is, you just can't substitute that camaraderie developed playing for a school. 

The three have been together so far the entire stay in Los Angeles, Bledsoe said. They try and stay in touch as much as possible, but it's been a challenge because, you know, they're busy. Bledsoe said they still communicate with John Calipari some, exchanging texts here and there. But for the most part, the three have been separated by the NBA.

They were prepared for it because when they all joined up for that one season in Kentucky, they had this vision. They knew they'd get one crack at playing together before they all went on to try bigger and better things. But a serious bond was formed for the three as they wound their way through the SEC and made a good run in the NCAA tournament. And to be back again, sitting together answering questions, even if just for a little while, was nice.

"It's a great memory," Bledsoe said. "Everybody's reminiscing. Just coming in and seeing how each other's doing, telling old jokes. It's been pretty fun."

Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:30 am
Edited on: February 16, 2011 12:39 am
 

Cousins is already putting incident behind him

Posted by Royce Young



OKLAHOMA CITY -- As the Thunder and Kings got set to tip, the popular arena anthem "Zombie Nation" blared throughout Oklahoma City Arena. Donte Greene went wild on the Sacramento bench, busting out some sort of Russian high step dance.

Sitting right in front, totally hamming it up as Greene grooved? DeMarcus Cousins, who of course had an altercation with Greene in the locker room following a close 99-97 loss to the Thunder just a few days ago.

Cousins was deemed "inactive" for the Kings last game, a win at Phoenix, and was fined one game's pay for the incident. With eyes locked on him and how he'd react to his first action since the locker room dust-up, Cousins, and the rest of the team, appeared to have everything behind them.

"To be honest, it wasn't as big as people made it out to be," Cousins said. "I mean, teams do that. I mean, when it's a team sport, you're going to have disagreements because it's five opinions trying to get along. But they made it bigger than it is. It's really not an issue. There's no beef, there's none of that. We're fine."

Cousins apologized and took responsibility for what happened last Saturday saying in a statement, "I wish to apologize to my teammates, the Kings' organization and Kings fans for my role in an unfortunate altercation between teammates. I accept full responsibility for my actions and know that I must keep raising my standard of professionalism to be my best and a great player in the NBA."

Obviously those are just words and for Cousins to really move past this, it was going to start in Oklahoma City.

His team got completely rolled by the Thunder 126-96, falling by 17-4 within minutes. Cousins, who is typically a starter, began the game on the bench but checked in quickly with 7:22 left in the first quarter. The Kings never caught up, getting only as close as 15 to the Thunder, but Cousins turned in a nice performance regardless. The rookie finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes.

"I came in and didn't get a chance to shots up over that little break, but really tried to get my shot going in the warm-ups, but it wasn't falling tonight. Overall though I kind of got in my groove," Cousins said. "To be honest, I really just wanted to win. I really wasn't concerned about my performance. I wanted to really come out and get a win. That's what we're here to do."

With Cousins, he's no headcase. He's a young player that might have some maturity issues. He's learned not just how to play professional basketball, but how to be a professional. It's something that not every rookie picks up on right away.

I think there will be an assumption that maybe this is a turning point for Cousins. He entered the league with a potential problem stamp and after being kicked out of a few practices by coach Paul Westphal combined with the Greene incident, he's had a rocky rookie campaign. However, with the not-a-suspension inactive punishment and then Tuesday's response, maybe it's a step forward.

"Hopefully," he said. "I believe I was taking steps forward before the incident happened. But, you could say I took steps back. And that can happen. But I'm just going to continue to progress."
Posted on: February 14, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 5:06 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins to re-join team in OKC


Posted by Matt Moore

Well that didn't take long. Just two days after being told to leave the team plane and being listed as inactive against Phoenix, DeMarcus Cousins is rejoining the Kings in Oklahoma City, via Sam Amick of NBA FanHouse who has been on top of this since the beginning, and confirmed later in a Kings press release:

Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins is headed for Oklahoma City to join the team, according to a source close to the situation.

So instead of missing the entire three-game roadie, he misses one game, then rejoins the team. The decision is likely to increase scrutiny over the Kings' handling of Cousins. Some will argue he should be punished more severely for fighting with a teammate in the locker room, while others will wonder if he really did do enough wrong, why no formal suspension was levied and why he only sat a game. It's pretty much a no-win for Sacramento. 

The Kings did release a statement on Cousins featuring the following quotes from General Manager Geoff Petrie and Cousins: 
“There is no place in the NBA for violence, either on or off the court,” said Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. “Upon investigating the events of Saturday night, we feel it is necessary to impose an appropriate fine related to DeMarcus’ behavior. We will now move forward together. We do not intend to give up on DeMarcus’ talent or potential. We look forward to watching his continued improvement and development, which has been significant since the beginning of the season.” “I wish to apologize to my teammates, the Kings organization and Kings’ fans for my role in an unfortunate altercation between teammates,” Cousins said. 
“I accept full responsibility for my actions and know that I must keep raising my standard of professionalism to be my best and a great player in the NBA.”

The fine's not out yet, but we're sure it'll get leaked soon enough. The Kings have to kind of hope to put this behind them as soon as possible and that they can essentially stay on top of Cousins long enough for him to work through his immaturity. It's a gamble, but with his talent, its' really the only option they have.
Posted on: February 13, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Kings list Cousins as inactive, no suspension yet

The Sacramento Kings have listed DeMarcus Cousins as inactive and have not yet decided whether to suspend him following an altercation with a demarcus-cousins-kingsteammate on Saturday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.

This is exactly what scouts and analysts mean when they say a player is a "red flag" during the pre-draft process.

On Saturday night, we noted reports that Sacramento Kings rookie big man DeMarcus Cousins got into an altercation with teammate Donte Greene following the team's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Cousins was reportedly upset that he didn't receive the ball on the Kings' final possession and exchanged swings with Greene, who had inbounded the ball to Kings guard Tyreke Evans instead of Cousins.

On Sunday, the Kings released a statement that said Cousins would "not play in tonight's game at Phoenix while the organization reviews the situation that occurred in the locker room following last night's game versus Oklahoma City."

Earlier reports noted that Cousins had been suspended, but Yahoo! Sports reported on Sunday that the Kings have simply listed Cousins as "inactive" for Sunday night's game against the Suns in Phoenix and that any further disciplinary action - including a potential suspension - will not be released until Monday. 

The Kings own the worst record in the Western Conference at 12-38, so Cousins' frustration with all the losing is understandable, to a degree. He's a competitive, fiery spirit that wants to help his team win and has faith in his own considerable talent. But SacTown Royalty brilliantly laid out the biggest problem with this situation: Cousins wasn't even open on the play in question. 

In other words, this was a baseless public tantrum from an immature rookie, one that showed up a veteran teammate (Greene). To make matters worse, Cousins' actions also went against his coach, Paul Westphal, and his team's best player, Evans. Cousins' job in this situation is to flash to the ball and then go rebound if he doesn't receive the pass. It isn't his responsibility to draw up plays, second-guess the plays that are drawn up, or question his teammate's late-game abilities, especially in a manner that is public and/or inflammatory. This is NBA 101 stuff.

The Kings have done the right thing by placing Cousins in timeout as they gather the facts. This incident has the potential to be a crossroads for Cousins, who has a long way to go if he is to become the consistent, reliable player and person that coaches look for when they divvy up late-game touches. Right now, he's just a mess.
 
 
 
 
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