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DeMarcus Cousins, facing another suspension for technical fouls, says he hopes NBA does right thing

DeMarcus Cousins

New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) reacts to an officials call against him during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

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Not only does DeMarcus Cousins lead the NBA in technical fouls (18), he leads the league in rescinded technical fouls (3).

He just gets into so many extracurricular disputes.

The latest -- a double technical with Steven Adams early in the Pelicans’ loss to the Thunder yesterday -- puts Cousins in jeopardy of another suspension. He’ll need the league to rescind the tech to avoid a one-game ban.

Cousins reached a suspension-triggering 16th technical foul more quickly than anyone in NBA history. From there, every other technical results in a one-game suspension, and the one last night was his 18th.

Cousins:

I don’t feel I did anything wrong to receive it. So, hopefully the league handles it the right way and hopefully I get the benefit of the doubt.

This was a borderline call. I wouldn’t be surprised either way, whether the league upholds or rescinds it.

But Cousins will face plenty more of these circumstances. Opponents know they can bait him, Adams instigating this last dispute. Enough 50-50 situations, and Cousins will get techs that stick -- and the suspensions that come with them.

To stay on the court for the rest of New Orleans’ playoff push, Cousins will have to stay cooler than this.