Cousins 'not mad at all' over benching in Pelicans' win

Cousins 'not mad at all' over benching in Pelicans' win

DeMarcus Cousins' time in New Orleans hasn't gone well.

The Pelicans are 3-6 since acquiring Cousins from the Kings, and their last win came with the All-Star center being benched with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter against Charlotte on Sunday.

Cousins declined to talk to the media following the Pelicans' 125-122 overtime win, but a day later, he spoke after practice and was asked what was going through his mind.

"Was it frustrating? Not at all. The team was in a good rhythm, they were playing a good stretch of basketball, so I wasn't mad at all. Pulled out a good win. I'm not mad at all," Cousins said on Monday.

Cousins was asked to recalled if he's ever been benched that early in a game.

'First time in a long time. Maybe since my rookie season. But you know, that's how it played out. Coach [Alvin Gentry] made a decision. It is what it is. My job is just to go out there and play when my name is called upon. It wasn't, so I was a cheerleader from the bench," Cousins said.

Did Cousins and Gentry speak after the game regarding the situation?

"Nothing to talk about. It was his decision," Cousins said.

In eight games with the Pelicans, Cousins is averaging 20.8 points per game, down from the 27.8 he averaged in 55 games with the Kings this season. His rebounds per game, though, are up to 12.4 from 10.6.

New Orleans is back in action Tuesday when they host Portland.


Kings takeaways: Three things we learned in 126-112 loss to Nuggets


Kings takeaways: Three things we learned in 126-112 loss to Nuggets


Never in doubt. The Kings walked into Denver, and looked every bit the part of a young team searching for an identity. The Nuggets didn’t help with that search, running over the Kings for a 126-112 victory to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Denver’s starting backcourt of Gary Harris and Jamal Murray torched the Kings for a combined 37 points in just under 45 minutes of action. Nikola Jokic was on his way to a triple-double before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Sacramento struggled, but there were a few encouraging performances. Marvin Bagley, Justin Jackson and Frank Mason all gave the team a spark off the bench, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings fall to 1-3 on the season. 

Deplorable defense

The Nuggets are really good, but the Kings made them look like contenders. Denver attacked Sacramento’s interior defense, and the visiting team had no answer. 

With Jokic running the show, the Nuggets dismantled the Kings, shooting 52 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from long range. The numbers would have been even worse if the Nuggets hadn’t gone to the bench for the entire fourth quarter. 

Justin Jackson sighting 

After struggling in the Kings’ first two games, Justin Jackson has looked more comfortable coming off of coach Dave Joerger’s bench. He posted a solid 11-point, five-rebound, three-assist night against the Thunder on Sunday and he built off of that game Tuesday in Denver.

Jackson drilled 3-for-5 from long range on his way to 17 points. He looked confident with his shot and was one of very few bright spots in an otherwise rough performance by Sacramento. 

Bagley building

Being a rookie isn’t easy, but Bagley is taking each game as an opportunity to improve. The 19-year-old big scored 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting and added nine rebounds and three assists on the evening.

In addition to putting up strong offensive numbers, Bagley blocked five shots. He’s a work in progress on the defensive end, but he’s shown that he can be a rim protector, especially in one-on-one situations. 

Kings vs. Nuggets live stream: Watch NBA game online on MyTeams


Kings vs. Nuggets live stream: Watch NBA game online on MyTeams

The Kings are riding high after their first win of the season, and open up the first half of a back-to-back against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

The Nuggets are coming off of a big win of their own, as they hung on to beat the Warriors on Sunday. Denver's NBA-best defense will have its hands full, however, as Sacramento enters the contest as one of the league's most prolific teams offensively. 

Here's how you can watch Kings-Nuggets, as well as Kings Pregame Live and Postgame Live, live online. 

When: 6 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Oct. 23 (pregame show starts at 5:30 p.m.)
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game by clicking this link.