OAKLAND – The frustrations of DeMarcus Cousins came to the surface, though ever so briefly, Tuesday night.
With the Warriors down big to the Boston Celtics with 8:44 remaining in an eventual 33-point loss, Cousins muscled his way toward the basket against Boston center Aron Baynes, who fell and drew a charge. Cousins missed the shot, anyway, but stood over the fallen Baynes, gesturing while saying something.
That drew the ire of several of Baynes' teammates. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum came over and grabbed Cousins as he turned to walk away. Cousins responded by shoving Tatum, which prompted Boston guard Terry Rozier to intervene, exchanging shoves with Cousins.
"It was silly," Cousins said of the altercation. "Nothing. It was nothing. Absolutely nothing. I thought it was silly."
Though Baynes came off the floor as if to pursue Cousins, the incident went no further than Cousins and Rozier being assessed double technical fouls by crew chief Ed Malloy.
Late in a game between two NBA heavyweights that was never close, something like this was bound to happen – particularly with Cousins already displeased with a 4-of-12 shooting night, and five fouls in 25 minutes.
It was silly. It was not "nothing," but it was pretty close.