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Kings May Appeal DeMarcus Cousins' 13th Tech

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March 26, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) attempts a free throw in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
March 26, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) attempts a free throw in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

DeMarcus Cousins picked up his 13th technical foul of the season on Sunday against the Bobcats. Boogie and rookie Bismack Biyombo exchanged words, and referees did what referees do when Cousins is involved: they blew a quick whistle, assessing double technicals.

Thirteen is the threshold for automatic one-game suspensions this season, so Cousins is scheduled to be barred from Tuesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That's a tough game with DeMarcus; without him, it's increasingly difficult to imagine victory.

But according to Jason Jones' gamer, Keith Smart says that the Kings will look at appealing the tech, which would put Cousins back at 12 technical fouls and safe (for now). While it's not clear whether the Kings appealed any of Cousins' techs last season, he definitely had at least one rescinded. Sunday's whistle was itchy enough that most seemed confused as to whether double technicals or just a double foul had been assessed.