Buddy Hield shouldn’t stray too far from his phone.
The Pelicans rookie shooting guard was assessed a flagrant foul 2 in Sunday’s 105-99 loss to the Kings after smacking DeMarcus Cousins below the waist.
It is normally not very smart to pick on a 6-11 giant, especially when you are a 6-4 rookie. Hield should expect a call from the NBA to assess his impending fine.
Before this incident, Cousins was issued his 17th technical foul this season after inadvertently catching Pelicans center Donatas Motiejunas in the face with an open-handed slap.
Cousins immediately went to the locker room to cool down after being given the foul.
The Kings’ center is also now just one technical away from another NBA suspension after missing Wednesday’s win over the Celtics due to league suspension over his 16th technical foul. He will earn a one-game suspension for every two technical fouls accrued the rest of this season.
At least Cousins left this situation with his dignity still intact.