DeMarcus Cousins Picked Up The Quickest Technical Of His Career, Annnd He's Probably Getting Suspended Again
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait just a damn minute here. I thought we had an understanding? Is the bar for a 'T' not raised when it comes with a corresponding one game suspension? I'm not saying that Boogie's completely unnecessary swim move wasn't worthy of more serious penalization than a common foul, but it definitely wasn't worthy of a night in street clothes. If I learned anything from watching Draymond Green miraculously avoid that fateful 17th technical despite his nightly nut taps throughout the postseason it's that what constitutes a player's 18th tech is much more egregious than what constitutes their 1st-16th techs. Does that philosophy not hold during the regular season, or are NBA officials involved in a conspiracy to make the Sacramento Kings front office look less inept?
If DeMarcus Cousins is really going to have to sit one out every time he bitches, moans, or harmlessly pushes someone than Vlade Divac will be going into this offseason with his head held high and his chest puffed full of hot air. After trading a top 15 player - for a return that is perfectly described by the word "meh" - in the league where success is most dependent on having a superstar, we can't let him feel fictitiously vindicated after he created the frustrating environment that lent itself to 17 emotional outbursts. If Boogie being Boogie means that Boogie is only going to play every other game from here on out then that first round Warriors/Pelicans series - that wouldn't be nearly as close as we hope - is basically a pipe dream.
P.S. If technical fouls, the guard positions, and an emphasis on outside shooting didn't exist then you could pencil the Pelicans in as NBA Champions. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 69 points and 17 rebounds while playing 52 minutes collectively, and somehow that wasn't enough to overcome Russell Westbrook's 41 and his continued reign of triple-doubles.