Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins is suspended for one game after committing his 18th technical foul this season in the game against Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, Feb. 26. Without him, Pelicans defeated Detroit Pistons 109-86.
Cousins is still unable to control his temperament in the new team. He burst out in the first quarter of the game against Thunder and received his technical foul. Following the foul, he is suspended for one game against Pistons, NBA.com reported.
The suspension was announced by the Executive Vice President of the Basketball Operations at the NBA Kiki VanDeWeghe on Tuesday. Pelicans played without the newly acquired center as the team hosted Detroit Pistons at the Smoothie King Center.
However, without Cousins in the lineup, the Pelicans was able to overcome Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. The Pelicans dynamic duo Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday showed their true teamwork to defeat Pistons 109-86. Davis led the score with 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, followed by Holiday with 22 points and 5 assists.
Cousins join the Pelicans on Feb. 20 and he has played in three games. Pelicans lost in all three games with Cousins on court. The team lost against Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder. While without Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans played better and defeated Pistons.
After winning the Wednesday night game, Pelicans is now 24-37. New Orleans Pelicans is sitting at the bottom three position in Western Conference, just above Lakers and Phoenix Suns.
In order to clinch the playoffs race, Pelicans can only hope for Cousins to keep his temper under control, Bleacher Report reported. The last 21 games in the regular season will determine whether Pelicans can surpass five teams that currently above the team.
Watch the incident in the 11:28 minutes remaining in the first quarter between Pelicans and Thunder on Feb. 26 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City. The incident between Cousins and Thunder Center Steven Adams that made the officials gave double technical foul for both players below: