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Video: DeMarcus Cousins’ big night included a blatant flop

DeMarcus Cousins has been off to a hot start this season with his production night in and night out. The New Orleans Pelicans center has been recently named the NBA’s Player of the Week for continuing to perform at a high level in their games. However, during one play on Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 6-foot-11 big man pulled off what can be considered a blatant flop.

While making a series of fakes to get Taj Gibson in the air, Cousins instead convinced the referees to call a foul on his defender, appearing to have been hit on the face hard. The Gibson could not believe it, and his reaction says it all.

DeMarcus Cousins finished the game with another impressive stat line of 35 points, nine rebounds, six assists, six steals, and three blocked shots. It wasn’t enough though to give them the victory, as the Pelicans lost, 104-98. The defeat extended their losing skid to two games, and the team now owns a 3-5 record for the season.

With how the NBA has tried to clamp down on flops the past couple of seasons, the play may be reviewed by the league office. If they deem it as indeed intentionally faking a foul, Cousins could receive a fine and be watched more closely moving forward.