Physical play in the paint as Ryan Anderson attempted to defend DeMarcus Cousins in the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets’ 117-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans led to two official video reviews, two common fouls and terse words afterward from both opposing forwards. “Flop, review, flop, review, flop, review,” Cousins said, in summation.
Officials reviewed the play and did not deem it a flagrant foul. “This is the second time in a week my lip gets split open and I got elbowed in the face,” Anderson said. “This has been a week of me getting hit in the face. It’s a part of it. It’s good. “I want to be physical. With DeMarcus, he’s a guy, he’s such an elite player, when he gets frustrated it’s when he’s at his worst. It’s part of the game plan to get DeMarcus frustrated and the moment he realizes that he’ll be that much better of a player. You want to get into him. You want to make him frustrated and that’s what I tried to do tonight. If it takes a few hits to the face, that’s what it takes.”
Tim MacMahon: J.J. Barea was called for a flagrant 2 and tossed after a push to the neck that sent Blake Griffin sprawling. Barea laughed at the ruling.