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Cousins ejected for elbowing Westbrook

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins was ejected on Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He swung an elbow near the head of reigning MVP Russell Westbrook.

The incident happened under the Pelicans basket in the third quarter when Cousins got the rebound. As Cousins raised his elbows near Westbrook’s face, the Thunder guard then dropped to the floor.

New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins being defended by Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić (Getty Images)

New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins being defended by Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić (Getty Images)

He was holding his face. Yet, it wasn’t clear, via the replays, if Cousins caught Westbrook in the area of his head or in the shoulder. It also didn’t show if the contact was significant.

The referees did not eject Cousins, who is in his first full season with the Pelicans after a trade by the Sacramento Kings last season, until viewing the replays on TV at the scorer’s table. The referees called the foul a flagrant two.

According to the NBA rule book, a flagrant two, is only deemed “unnecessary or excessive.”

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