Ok, just saw the events.
* I think Dunleavy Jr. accidentally bumped knees with Cousins. Nothing intentional.
* I think Cousins just did a hook / swim move, as if he were defending a player. I don't think that should have a flagrant foul. It's probably 50/50 as to whether it gets called a foul, just because of all the collisions that normally happen in the post. Maybe the clip I'm watching is edited, but to me, it looks like the same sort of defensive post move which the top defenders do when guarding the post.
* Regardless of Cousins game, I'm not impressed until:
A) He can do this for 3 weeks. He's too inconsistent. Thomas, Salmons, and Thompson have had 2-3 week stretches this year where they played well. I don't think Cousins has had 3 games. And it can't just be scoring, it has to include high efficiency shot making, with few turnovers.
B) It includes defense. He's in his 3rd year now. Chandler, Brand, Rasheed were well ahead of him defensively at this point in their careers.
Favors is a better defender, but also a super foul magnet. (He fouled out against the Bobcats, while playing well).
Cousins makes the defense -1.8 points worse when he's on the court. That shouldn't happen. He's not some short underized PF, or a slow guy.
Many stats are shown on a 'per 48 minute' basis
Stat ON Court OFF Court Net Minutes 1604 1103 59% Offense: Pts per 100 Poss. 104.8 104.6 +0.2 Defense: Pts per 100 Poss. 113.2 111.4 +1.8 Net Points per 100 Possessions -8.4 -6.8 -1.6
Yes, the Kings perimeter defense needs work too, with Thomas, Thornton, Fredette. But Favors is on the Jazz, 21st ranked defense, yet he still makes their defense better. Brand and Chandler did the same on their bad teams.