A nice win to end 2014. On to 2015!
Asking Celtics center Tyler Zeller to curb Kings counterpart DeMarcus Cousins‘ production was a tall order on New Year’s Eve, but Zeller drank in the challenge, causing all sorts of problems for Cousins. The Sacramento star missed eight of his first nine shots and earned his first technical foul for his trouble. Cousins still got his double-double, of course, but Zeller’s early effort helped the Celtics establish a 49-39 halftime lead.
DeMarcus Cousins finished with 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting with 11 rebounds, but his night ended early when he was ejected for registering his second technical foul -- the last of which featured him throwing Smart to the ground in response to a hard box out by the Boston rookie -- in the fourth quarter.
By the time the Sacramento Kings star finally snapped, the resulting takedown -- and ensuing ejection -- felt like a long time coming. Marcus Smart was trying to box out. He drove backward into Cousins, trying to keep the big man away from the hoop. Cousins wanted no part of it. He slung Smart by his jersey to the floor. The rookie got up, took a step toward Cousins, and said some choice words. Smart got pulled away, but he never backed down.