Cousins injures Achilles in Pelicans' victory over Rockets
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 27, 2018 01:22 PM
New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the court while being tended to after injuring his left Achilles tendon, according to the team, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The Pelicans won 115-113. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
By Brett Martel, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before seriously injuring his left Achilles, and New Orleans survived a furious Houston rally for a 115-113 victory over the Rockets on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
A person familiar with the situation said Pelicans team physicians have provided a preliminary diagnosis of an Achilles tear, which would end Cousins' season little more than a week after he was named an All-Star starter.
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.
Yahoo! first reported the initial diagnosis.
The injury, which occurred as Cousins pursued a missed free throw with 12 second left in the game, all but squelched the jubilation from a team and its fans, who otherwise would have been celebrating a fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games.
"We were just figuring everything out. 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. "We've got to keep going and just keep finding a way to win.
"We've got enough guys in here who are professionals who are always ready when their number's called, so we've got to make sure that we stay locked in."
Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and unconventionally sealed the victory by purposefully missing a free throw with 1.8 seconds left, causing time to run out as players fought for the rebound.
"Right now, just praying everything's OK," with Cousins, Holiday said, adding that it made the win victory "bitter-sweet."
"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. "The way we've been playing, and him in particular, has been awesome."
Players were quick to send messages of support to Cousins:
Prayers up @boogiecousins 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) January 27, 2018
Thoughts out to @boogiecousins! Hope you good big fella. 🙏🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 27, 2018
All prayers up for big fella @boogiecousins 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 27, 2018
My prayers go out to @boogiecousins 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 27, 2018
Prayers up for. @boogiecousins I’ve been there— Rudy Gay (@RudyGay) January 27, 2018
Prayers go out for @boogiecousins...Stay positive through this man!— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) January 27, 2018
Prayers to my bro @boogiecousins Minor setback major comeback!— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) January 27, 2018