New Orleans Pelicans big man and former Kentucky Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn Achilles, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and other reports. He will miss the rest of the season.
DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a torn left Achilles tendon, league sources tell ESPN. He will miss the rest of the season. The MRI is coming soon, but diagnosis is clear.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 27, 2018
The injury occurred in New Orleans’ 115-113 over the Houston Rockets.
The Pelicans are currently sixth in the Western Conference, and Cousins is averaging 25.4 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. He leads the team in rebounds and steals, and also averages 1.6 blocks per game. His loss will be a huge blow to the Pelicans’ playoff hopes.
“We were just getting it,” Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis said, according to ESPN. “We were just figuring everything out. That’s the tough part. We’ve just got to keep going. We’ve got to keep going and keep finding a way to win.”
You can see the events unfolding to Cousins’ Achilles tear below.
PLEASE Lord don't let this be an Achilles' tendon tear for Boogie Cousins. PLEASE. pic.twitter.com/gviu38IFfo— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 27, 2018
NBA players — former Wildcats or not — are already reaching out to Cousins on social media to wish him a speedy recovery.
All prayers up for big fella @boogiecousins— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 27, 2018
Thoughts out to @boogiecousins! Hope you good big fella.— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 27, 2018
Prayers up @boogiecousins— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) January 27, 2018
Davis will now be left to try to lead the Pelicans into the playoffs without one of the other best big men in the league.