DeMarcus Cousins' Torn Achilles Leads to Outpouring of Support on Twitter

by Olga Hunt January 28, 2018, 0:32
DeMarcus Cousins' Torn Achilles Leads to Outpouring of Support on Twitter

DeMarcus Cousins will miss the rest of the season after tearing his Achilles Friday night in a New Orleans Pelicans victory over the Houston Rockets.

In a heart-breaking report by Adrian Wojnarowski, DeMarcus Cousins will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles.

Cousins recorded a triple-double in the victory, netting 15 points and tallying 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

Head coach Alvin Gentry spoke to the media after the game.

LeBron James, who picked Cousins as a starter for the All-Star Game took to Twitter to send prayers, as did Dwyane Wade and Anthony Davis. Gordon, who joined the Rockets in free agency before last season, launched a few of his 3-pointers from the French Quarter. He is obviously one of New Orleans' most irreplaceable players, and a long-term injury to him would be thoroughly devastating to their playoff hopes in the Western Conference.

Cousins needed to be carried off the floor by teammates in the aftermath.

The Pelicans aren't throwing in the towel on the season just yet.

There were just 8.1 seconds left Friday night. Any team with Davis as their best player won't be an easy out, and Jrue Holiday has quietly been putting up career numbers as well. "That's the tough part", Davis said, adding that he hadn't spoken to Cousins and wasn't yet certain if the injury was season-ending.

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He's averaging 25.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game, to go with a 23.15 Player Efficiency Rating.

Cousins scored eight second-quarter points as New Orleans built a 15-point lead before settling for a 66-53 halftime lead.

But the win came at a price that the Pelican can't afford-DeMarcus Cousins.

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

The timing is also brutal for Cousins, as he's in a contract year. The setback will also make it more hard for the Pelicans to make the playoffs.

Whoever is running the show this summer will have to figure out how to handle Cousins' free agency.

Can the Pelicans still feel comfortable committing max money to Cousins coming off one of the most serious injuries an National Basketball Association player can suffer? Right now, the center will have to rehab and get back to form from the injury.

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