DeMarcus Cousins has added his name to the list of people who are offended by Blake Griffin's game.
In a 93-85 loss to the Clippers, Cousins exchanged shoves and words with Griffin. He also found himself in foul trouble for most of the game, eventually fouling out in the final seconds. After the game, Griffin deflected questions about the matchup, while Cousins decided to offer this up to reporters:
“That’s what Blake is going to say because he’s in L.A., where actors belong,” said Cousins, held to eight points and three rebounds before fouling out in the final seconds. “And he’s an actor.”
Not one to mince words, is he? I know we all want Cousins to rein himself in a little, but I love that he's so competitive and fiery. Even if there needs to be more of a balance. I'd rather a player have to learn to tone himself down than not have that burning fire needed amp his game up.
Calling out Griffin on his flopping wasn't enough for Cousins. He wasn't finished. In a conversation with SI's Sam Amick, he elaborated on his thoughts concerning Griffin's style of play.
"He's babied," Cousins told SI.com after the Kings fell to the Clippers 93-85. "He's the poster child of the league. He sells tickets, but he's babied. Bottom line."
Babied by whom, Cousins was asked.
"The refs, the league—period," he continued. "He gets away with [everything]. He taunts players. Nothing is done. He's babied."
After Griffin's two devastating dunks over Pau Gasol on Monday night, there has been a lot of talk about the use of his off arm and how it often ends up in the face of his defender. In his second highlight-reel dunk against the Lakers, it's especially obvious. Kobe Bryant thinks it's okay. A lot of his other opponents do not.
Griffin will continue to play the way the officials allow him to play. Is this why people are getting annoyed with him? He definitely plays with a sense of entitlement that most second-year players don't have, especially those players who play for a franchise like the Clippers, but officials have seemed to give Griffin the respect usually reserved for veterans with a much longer list of career achievements.
The Clippers' big man didn't want any part of continuing the conversation with Cousins after the game, telling reporters that his focus is on the next game. While he acknowledged that he would have handled things differently than Cousins had, he was careful not to criticize him and was playing the non-confrontational card pretty hard.
"There were some things that I think I wouldn't have handled the same way, but I'm not the judge of what's wrong and right out there. We'll see what happens."
This likely won't be the last that we hear about these two. Especially with the two teams facing off again on Saturday night. You should probably tune in to that one; I'm fully expecting Cousins to make it noteworthy and quote worthy.
Update: Shortly after 5 p.m ET on Friday afternoon, the NBA announced that Cousins was fined $25,000 for public criticism of NBA officiating.