Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game for elbowing Atlanta’s Al Horford in the jaw Wednesday night.
Cousins will miss the Sacramento Kings’ game Thursday night against the Miami Heat.
Cousins got upset while battling Horford for a rebound in the first quarter, and the resulting dust-up saw Cousins hit his opponent in the left side of his jaw with an elbow. The officials missed the play entirely, but he was suspended after a league review of the replay.
Cousins is averaging 27.5 points and 11.1 rebounds in eight games this season, and the Kings have gone 4-4 when he has played. However, he sat out four games with a strained right Achilles’ tendon, and Sacramento lost all four games. In his career, the Kings are 11-37 when he does not play.
Since returning from the injury, Cousins has put up 30.8 points and 11.2 rebounds in five games, including a 40-point, 13-rebound performance in a two-point win over Brooklyn last Friday. He’s put up six double-doubles in his eight games, only missing by one rebound in the game that he was injured and again by one rebound while matched against Andre Drummond in a Kings win last week.
The 25-year-old averaged 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds last season, both career bests, and made his first All-Star Game.