It will be a huge blow for the Sacramento Kings as forward DeMarcus Cousins will have to miss a game for hitting Atlanta Hawk Al Horford in their last game.
Cousins’ forearm hit the head of Horford. The Hawks brought home the win, 103-97.
In a report, the star of the Kings will have to sit out in their game against the Miami Heat on Thursday at the American Airlines Arena.
Cousins fired 24 points and had 12 rebounds in that Wednesday loss to Atlanta. Horford had 17 across his name plus the win.
The infraction happened in the first quarter, but both still managed to finish the game.
Huge adjustments will be made by Sacramento with Cousins out as they are 0-4 this season without him, 11-37 in almost seven years when he’s out.
He’s one of the most productive players thus far in the league. He is currently at the fourth spot in scoring, averaging 25.7 points per game and is at fifth in rebounding (11.1 per game).
In the official NBA Statement that was released, it said:
“Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game without pay for hitting Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford in the head with a forearm, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President for Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 2:00 remaining in the first quarter of the Hawks’ 103-97 win over the Kings on Wednesday, Nov 18 at Philips Arena.
Cousins will serve his suspension tonight when the Kings face the Miami Heat at 7:30pm ET at American Airlines Arena.”
Cousins was not ejected outright during the game. Thus, the decision of the league came after they reviewed the said incident.
Cousins is not a stranger when it comes to suspensions as he also missed the regular season finale last year due to 16 technical fouls. Two months later, he was also suspended for throwing a punch on Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets during a game.
If only he had a way to keep his cool, his averages could have been a bit higher.