Cousins and Greene were separated, reports Amick, but once the team made its way to Sacramento International Airport and loaded up on the team charter, an absent Geoff Petrie made the call to pull Cousins off the plane. (Petrie is off scouting.) Amick reports that Cousins could either be shipped to Phoenix before Sunday's 5 PM Pacific start, or that he could miss the entire three-game road trip heading into All-Star Weekend. The Kings play at Oklahoma City on Tuesday and at Dallas on Wednesday.
Was Cousins open on the final inbounds play? A few looks after the jump.
This is what Donte Greene is looking at.
In real time, complete with Cousins' initial burst of anger. (Skip to 2:20.)
A few quick takeaways from my head:
* On the one hand: don't blow up your teammates right after a tough loss, especially without hearing why you didn't get the ball. On review, Greene would have had a tough angle getting the ball to Cousins precisely because Durant was denying the ball to the post, and because Collison was seriously contesting the entry. Greene looked to Cousins, and couldn't do it. I'm sure Greene could have explained that, if given the opportunity. I'm sure at some point Cousins — other issues aside — will realize that the play wasn't as easy as he thought it was.
* You've got to understand where Greene is coming from: he doesn't play much. He can throw a dangerous pass to Cousins on the block, with a serious possibility for a turnover or a deflection that leads to a broken play. Or he can get the ball to the Kings' best perimeter player with no chance of turnover or deflection. If he does the former and it's a turnover? He ain't playing in crunch time for a while, is he? And it's not like there's great personal reward if he does get it to Cousins. Maybe Boogie was just creating that needed incentive structure. "If you pass it to me next time, I won't punch you in the face."
* BASKETBALL PLAYERS! STOP FIGHTING EACH OTHER! YOU'RE ALL TOO PRETTY FOR THIS S–T!
* Before the final play, Evans was 11-21. Cousins was 5-14.
* Would you rather a prominent King call out Evans' uncreative and regularly unsuccessful crunch time plays now, or in 2-3 years when a playoff spot is in the balance?
* I'll say this about Cousins, in addition to the thoughts above: you ever have a fire — on your barbecue grill, in your flambe pan, when you're camping, in the fireplace — that refuses to go out? No amount of water or dirt or blowing will put it out. The attempts to put it out, in fact, make it stronger. That's DeMarcus. All this discipline this year … it hasn't done one little thing to put out that fire. It's burning hotter than ever. That fire can rip through the Kings and destroy the team. Or it can be focused on the opponent, and it can scorch a path to glory for Sacramento. Which will it be?