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DeMarcus Cousins likely to be suspended following ejection during Warriors game

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will likely face a suspension from the NBA following his ejection from Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors. Cousins had to be forcibly restrained by teammate Rudy Gay and Kings assistant coach Corliss Williamson.

There was some initial confusion whether Cousins may have touched the ref, which would have been an automatic suspension. Looking at the replays, this doesn't seem to be the case. However, there's no doubt that Cousins didn't leave the court in what the league will consider a timely manner. Interactions with officials have been a touchy point for the league this year, and for the Sacramento Kings. A one game suspension seems likely. The Kings play the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

A game against Philly wouldn't be the worst situation for serving a one-game suspension. But at this point it's ridiculous that Cousins put himself in this position yet again. The Kings were playing the Warriors well, and while they may have ended losing anyway, Cousins has to keep himself in games. And when he's ejected, he has to understand the way to handle it. With every new incident it becomes increasingly difficult for Kings fans to defend Cousins' behavior.