Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins allowed his emotions to get the better of him Thursday night, as he ripped the officiating to reporters after his team lost to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Power Balance Pavillion 93-85 and his remarks will cost him $25,000 according to a report from “NBA.com” on Friday. Association Executive Vice President Stu Jackson issued the fine against the Kings big man, Cousins inferred that Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin may have received preferential team by the referees in the contest.
The game was extremely physical at both ends of the floor; however Griffin was only charged with three fouls during the contest while Cousins fouled out of the game with 1:10 left to play and his team trailing by just one point. Cousins anger and frustration were understandable given the circumstances; however Commissioner David Stern has a no tolerance policy when it comes to the criticism of game officials.
The two teams will face each other once again as the Kings travel to the Staples Center on Saturday to try to end up on the winning side of the equation in their next match-up. Sacramento has a record of 19-36 while the Clippers are at 33-22 after the Thursday night victory.