Pelicans' Cousins to undergo surgery for torn Achilles, report says

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George

ESPN, citing league sources, reports that the Pelicans believe he has a torn ACL and will be out for the season.

After jumping up to his missed free throw with Trevor Ariza, Cousins immediately fell to the floor in pain.

A fourth straight victory and seventh victory in eight games coming against one of the NBA's top teams should have been reason to celebrate, but Cousins injury left Head Coach Alvin Gentry visibly shaken.

The Pelicans (26-21) held on to beat the Rockets 115-113 and sit sixth in the Western Conference. That's the tough part. "We've got to keep going and just keep finding a way to win", Davis said.

Before leaving, Cousins totaled 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in 30 minutes of action.

Nearly immediately after it was announced that Cousins would miss the remainder of the season, it was questioned as to whether or not the Pelicans would elect to blow it up.

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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. Besides having the two best defensive ratings on the team, both are shooting above 34.0 percent from three-point range and above 46.0 percent from 10-16 feet away from the rim.

"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".

His scoring flurry of 10 points in the final 2:14 of the third quarter got the Rockets within striking distance after the Pelicans' lead had swelled as large as 21 points.

ESPN's Wojnarowski is reporting that Cousins will indeed miss the rest of the season. Everything he's done and what he's tried to do for us and the improvements he's made as a player, on and off the court, has just been great. The Pelicans now hold a three-game lead over the No. 9 seed Clippers, but LA has generated significant positive momentum in recent weeks following Blake Griffin's return to the lineup. James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon scored 27.

Pelicans: Piled up 24 assists on 27 field goals in the first half and finished with 36 assists on 44 made shots. The franchise's future depends on Anthony Davis, and it is reasonable to assume that Davis's future depends on Cousins.

Trail Blazers 107, Mavericks 93: Damian Lillard scored 28 points to lead visiting Portland, which has won four of its past five games.

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