Video: DeMarcus Cousins Gets Ejected In 3rd Game With Nuggets

Former All-NBA center DeMarcus Cousins signed a 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets last week, and the big man was looking to make an impact in his third game with the team Thursday night on the road against the Brooklyn Nets.  Cousins started the 4th quarter and the 6'11 center found himself open on the block when guard Austin Rivers passed him the ball.  James Johnson switched off to defend the paint, and Cousins appeared to travel when his feet got caught up as a result of the timely switch by Johnson.  

A frustrated Cousins then appeared to say something and slam the ball, which immediately earned him a technical foul - his second of the game - and an automatic ejection as a result.  While the 4x All-Star has certainly done his fair share of irking the officials over the years, as Cousins is ranked second behind only Rasheed Wallace in career ejections, NBA officials are also notoriously petty and its a shame to see what constitutes as a technical foul today compared to even just 10 years ago - let alone the 80s and 90s.  

Here is the play that caused the ejection:

Despite the ejection, Cousins had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal in just 13 minutes, and his teammates were able to hold off the 4th-place Nets with a 124-118 victory.  The Nuggets are hoping to win their 4th game in a row when they visit the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow night, while the Nets are hoping the avoid losing their 4th when they visit the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

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