Pelicans star Cousins suffers Achilles tendon injury

New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins was helped off the floor late in Friday night's 115-113 win over the Houston Rockets with a non-contact lower left leg injury, and tests have reportedly confirmed the team's worst fears.

The article states, "Pelicans All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins will undergo surgery to fix a torn left achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season".

"Just unfortunate, really. I think we've been doing really well, got in a great groove", Holiday added, noting that Cousins' triple-double against Houston was his second in three games.

"We just gotta keep pushing on", said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry. Miller knocked down big three-point baskets when the Pelicans needed them particularly early in the fourth quarter when the Rockets started threatening.

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The ramifications of this injury could be massive: Gentry and GM Dell Demps entered the season with a playoff mandate and Cousins was seeking his first career trip to the playoffs prior to becoming an unrestricted free agent next year. The Pelicans (27-21) are now the sixth seed in the tough Western Conference. It remains to be seen whether Cousins will be able to team with Davis again for the next two meetings. After undergoing surgery to fix a torn hamstring before training camp, Hill has yet to play this season but has targeted a February return. As is having players who can take over the role of scoring leader (Cousins), defensive anchor (Davis) and crash the glass. Can the Pelicans' brass clear out its front office when an All-Star starter missed half of the season due to an injury?

Demps is working on the final year of his contract, in his eighth season, and didn't receive a public vote of confidence from the team's ownership this summer.

There's no overstating Cousins' central role in the Pelicans' surprisingly strong season and there should be no overstating how dramatically his absence will negatively impact his team's fortunes. We can't keep our head down and just pray. Right in the hunt for the playoffs, it appeared Cousins would finally be making his first trip to the post-season in his National Basketball Association career. Almost all of the Pelicans players were equally solemn. The setback will also make it more hard for the Pelicans to make the playoffs.

Both Pelicans star athletes were supposed to play for LeBron James' team at the All-Star game next month, but with Boogie shut down for the year, one of the reserves will have to fill his shoes playing against the Steph Curry led All-Star team.

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