By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New Orleans Pelicans have lost power forward/center DeMarcus Cousins for the rest of the season. He suffered a torn his left Achilles on Friday night against the Houston Rockets.
The Pelicans won the game 115-113 over the Rockets. However, the main concern was with Cousins, who the team feared suffered a serious injury, which an MRI has confirmed.
He had 15 points in 29 minutes. He also had 13 rebounds and 11 assists, along with three steals before suffering the injury.
Cousins, who was recently named to the All-Star team and picked to Team LeBron, was injured in the final moments of the game. Following a free throw, he attempted to get the rebound then he went down with the injury.
He immediately held the back of his foot by his ankle.
This is a tough blow for the Pelicans, who were the sixth-best team in the Western Conference. Cousins, who was acquired by the team in a blockbuster deal with the Sacramento Kings last year prior to the trade deadline, helped guide the team to a 27-21 record thus far.
New Orleans has won seven of their last eight games. During this streak, they have defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, and the Rockets.
They stand just three games over the No. 9 Los Angeles Clippers.
With Cousins out for the season, the NBA will have to choose a new replacement for the All-Star game.
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