DeMarcus Cousins tears Achilles in Pelicans win over Rockets

Jan 28, 2018, 00:31
DeMarcus Cousins tears Achilles in Pelicans win over Rockets

With seconds left in their huge win against the Houston Rockets Friday night, the New Orleans Pelicans, who had moved within one game of the 5th seed and three games of the 3rd seed, were dealt with their biggest obstacle of the season. He recorded a a triple-double 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

"It's his Achilles", Coach Alvin Gentry said. "The 6'11" big man, who was selected as a starter for his sixth consecutive All-Star Game earlier this month, had to be helped off the court following the non-contact injury. New Orleans has won seven of their last eight games, including victories over the Blazers, Celtics, and Rockets, but that all might be irrelevant soon.

Boogie has formed the lethal frontcourt duo with Anthony Davis that the Pelicans hoped for, which made New Orleans a very unsafe team in the Western Conference. Tonight's game will take place from Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and will air live on ESPN.

There were just 8.1 seconds left Friday night.

Cousins was in the middle of an historic season.

But the thing he seemed most fired up about was that he looked to finally be heading to the postseason for the first time in his eight-year career. He's been an absolute monster, stuffing the stat sheet easily and in a way we've never seen before.

Knicks 107, Suns 85: Center Enes Kanter had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his 20th double of the season and Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points as NY ended a seven-game road trip with a win over Phoenix.

The Pelicans will now have to close the final third of the season without their second best player.

Considering all of that, I'd make the Pelicans slight favorites to make the playoffs at even odds.

Sources indicate the Pelicans were intent on signing Cousins to a five-year, $175 million maximum contract this offseason, but does this injury alter those plans? The setback will also make it more hard for the Pelicans to make the playoffs. The second clip shows Cousins getting carried off the floor.

I recently wrote about, noting that of the is on track to become only the fourth player out of 18 comebacks since 1990 to meet or exceed his pre-injury projection the following season.

Cousins was also poised to be included in the Team LeBron roster along with team mate Anthony Davis in the National Basketball Association 2018 All Star weekend beginning February 18 (February 19, Manila time).