The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his actions in a 120-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 29th.
Davis continued to argue with officials and eventually gained his first career ejection. The star power forward needed to be restrained by teammates DeMarcus Cousins, E’Twaun Moore, and Jrue Holiday before he left the hardwood. He finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds.
The Pelicans are seventh in the Western Conference standings with a record of 11-10. Davis averages 25.6 PPG and 11.0 RPG while Cousins, who was acquired at the trade deadline last season, puts up 25.1 PPG, 12.5 RPG, and 5.4 APG. New Orleans is mostly top-heavy, with Holiday and Moore being the only other players to give dependable contributions on a nightly basis.
In 12 combined seasons, the two only have one postseason appearance. That came when Davis led New Orleans to the eighth seed in 2015, but was swept by the Golden State Warriors in the first round.
Earlier in November, Cousins was ejected when he elbowed Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the face. Whether it be fair or not, he has a reputation as dirty player and a well-documented history of getting technical fouls and ejections.
For New Orleans to make the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference, both Davis and Cousins will need to avoid losing their cool and getting thrown out of games. Otherwise, the Pelicans have no chance of winning at all.
By: Adam Tayabali