Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins tears Achilles, reportedly out for season

New Orleans Pelicans center De Marcus Cousins lies on the court after injuring his left achilles tendon according to the team in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans Friday Jan. 26 2018

The Pelicans bounced the red-hot Houston Rockets 115-113, injecting a jolt of energy into the Smoothie King Center.

There is no such thing as replacing a player at the caliber of Cousins, especially in the middle of the season when options are seemingly limited. He hopped a couple of times before finally going down and laying on the court with his head in his hands. And even with the injury to Cousins, it appears that the Pelicans will move forward with their original plans. According to ESPN Stats & Information, only four players have averaged those numbers over the last 50 seasons.

"I feel terrible for him", Gentry said after the game. He's been an absolute monster, stuffing the stat sheet easily and in a way we've never seen before. That's the tough part. So we've just got to keep going.

Through 48 games, Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. This injury, therefore, represents the clearest possible inflection point for the Pelicans' season; after leaning very heavily on Cousins for 48 games, they'll now be forced to wobble along without his support.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry confirmed the injury after the game, and the Pelicans announced on Saturday that Cousins will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery. Everything he's done and what he's tried to do for us and the improvements he's made as a player, on and off the court, has just been great. Some teams are trying to make a playoff push while others want to keep their spots. The lead would go back and forth until the Pelicans pulled ahead and maintained a leading score until the second half of the game.

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Houston tied it at 104-104 on Luc Mbah a Moute's layup with 2:34 to go. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because, officially, the team said an MRI will determine the severity of the injury.

The Pelicans had seemed to found their groove the past week, and are now in 6th place in the Western Conference standings. Darius Miller chipped in 20 in 29 minutes off the bench.

Trail Blazers 107, Mavericks 93: Damian Lillard scored 28 points to lead visiting Portland, which has won four of its past five games.

Mario Chalmers had 17 points and 10 assists, Jarrell Martin also scored 17 points and Dillon Brooks had 15 for the Grizzlies. I believe that they will still make the playoffs. All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis will try to outduel the spectacular backcourt tandem of James Harden and snub Chris Paul.

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