CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One of the few blemishes in Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins’ 24-point, 11-rebound, three-block, three-assist gem in Monday night’s 121-110 win over the Hornets was a fourth-quarter technical foul he received for tossing a shoe off the floor.
With 4:51 left, Charlotte guard Jeremy Lamb’s shoe slipped off near the foul line. Cousins, who was defending nearby, picked up the shoe and tossed it to the sideline. After the shoe flew out of bounds, referee Brian Forte assessed Cousins with a technical.
Cousins, who returned last month from an Achilles injury that sidelined him almost a year, was shocked by the call and walked over to Forte multiple times to plead his case.
“Next time, I’ll just step on the shoe and roll my ankle, break it, tear an Achilles,” Cousins said after the game. “Just leave it out there next time. I guess that’s what they want. I’ll keep that in mind.”
Asked for Forte’s explanation for giving him a technical, Cousins said, “Basically, you can’t throw a shoe.”
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Warriors forward Draymond Green echoed Cousins’ surprise over the call.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that, but that’s crazy,” Green said. “It’s sitting in the middle of the floor. I don’t know. We have all these rules for player safety. You can barely contest a shot without getting a foul, but you’re supposed to leave a shoe sitting there. It’s just kind of crazy to me, but it is what it is.”
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