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Boogie Cousins out for season with torn Achilles tendon

Boogie Cousins out for season with torn Achilles tendon

New Orleans Pelicans star center DeMarcus Cousins injured his left Achilles on Friday night near the end of his team's victory over the Houston Rockets. 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 head coach Alvin Gentry confirmed that it was an Achilles injury in a somber interview.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, the other half of the team's All-Star frontcourt tandem, said that New Orleans will have to "keep going" and not let Cousins' injury derail its season.

For the second time this season, New Orleans jumped out to a big lead on these Rockets, but this time, with Anthony Davis and his 27 points in tow, they were able to hang on when it mattered most.

New Orleans (27-21) is now sixth in the Western Conference standings.

But, when All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins lunged and leapt for a loose ball, he hit the floor with a thud. Each could help New Orleans dramatically in the short term.

There were just 8.1 seconds left Friday night.

The MRI results confirm that Cousins will miss the rest of the season, and also puts the start of his 2018-19 season in doubt.

This just sucks, Cousins - already arguably the best big man in the game - was having the best season of his career.

Considering all of that, I'd make the Pelicans slight favorites to make the playoffs at even odds. He carried the Pelicans while Cousins sat after picking up two fouls in the first four minutes, scoring 16 points in the first quarter.

Cousins finishes the season averaging a double-double with 25.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. While that run has been built more on close wins than dominant play - none of the seven have come by more than seven points, and three have been decided in overtime - those games are still booked in the standings. Will they make a move to bring in more talent and hold on to that playoff slot?

Davis fouled Paul on a missed 3-pointer with eight seconds left, and Paul made all three free throws to get Houston within a point.

More immediately, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver will need to name an injury replacement for Cousins in next month's All-Star Game.


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