Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will serve the second game of his two-game suspension tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers after the league denied his appeal.
Cousins, who confronted Spurs color commentator Sean Elliott in a “hostile manner” following San Antonio’s 97-86 victory at Sleep Train Arena, will return to the lineup Friday against the Atlanta Hawks. Per Sam Amick of USA Today:
The NBA has denied an appeal request that would have allowed Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to play in tonight’s game against Portland, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The league, ultimately, felt that the penalty — the equivalent of the one given to teammate Thomas Robinson for a viscous elbow on Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko — was the proper punishment.