Using a flop to draw a late foul on DeMarcus Cousins at crunch time is becoming a trend.
Monday, it was Portland’s Thomas Robinson. Last Tuesday, it was Dallas’ Tyson Chandler. On Wednesday, will it be Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee?
Coaching staffs are at their wits end game planning for Cousins, who is averaging 23.9 points and 12.6 rebounds per night.
Other methods of trying to contain the Kings center will continue to be employed while others are becoming obsolete.
Double teaming - absolutely. Count on it.
The “Sonny” from the Godfather defense is becoming less effective.
With the exception of being ejected in Boston on New Year's Eve, Cousins isn’t speeding to the toll booth.
After tying for the league lead in technical fouls last season at 17 with Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin, Cousins has only four T’s halfway through this campaign.
The Kings' troubles without Cousins due to health issues and/or injury are clear. Sacramento is 2-10 this season and was 0-11 last year sans the big man.
Currently tied for the league lead with 24 double-doubles with Nikola Vucevic of Orlando and Chicago’s Pau Gasol, the defensive attention will continue to follow Cousins like the paparazzi follow the Kardashians.
In the interim, the Kings can only hope that officials are judicious in their interpretation and identification of the flop.
Then and only then will the whiteboards in NBA dressing rooms be filled with alternative defensive schemes for Cousins.