The Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins has received a one-game suspension without pay for receiving his 16th technical foul of the 2013-14 season, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.
Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended for an additional game.
Cousins received his most recent technical foul with 1:13 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Kings' 106-103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 13, at Sleep Train Arena. Cousins will serve his suspension in the Kings' season finale on Wednesday, April 16, when Sacramento hosts the Phoenix Suns.
The move actually could have playoff repercussions. The Grizzlies play the Suns Monday with their magic number one. If the Suns win Monday, they can sneak into the playoffs with a Grizzlies loss to Dallas Wednesday and a Phoenix win Wednesday vs... Sacramento.
It's a shame Cousins won't be available for the final home game for Kings fans. Not like they have a lot to be excited about past this point. Cousins showed genuine progress this season in both attiude and performance. His defensive effort has been much improved specifically, but he still has to learn to cut out the stuff that earns him these technicals, whether he's unfairly targeted or not.