When DeMarcus Cousins was forced to the locker room in the final seconds of Friday’s game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets, many feared the worst. After further evaluation, all indications point to that unfortunate outcome as multiple outlets are now reporting that Cousins has seemingly suffered a torn left Achilles tendon.
It should be noted that the final diagnosis will not come until MRI results arrive, but as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported, there is a “clear” picture of the injury at this point.
The 27-year-old is scheduled to hit free agency this summer, and prior to the injury, Cousins was enjoying one of the best seasons of his career. The talented big man entered Friday’s game averaging 25.4 points and 12.9 rebounds per game, and while there would still be a market for his services in free agency, there is at least a possibility that it could be tempered by an injury of this severity.
As the MRI results come in, there could still be faint hope for Cousins and the Pelicans, but all indications point to a lengthy recovery for the All-Star center. Now, the Pelicans must plan to press on without him, and for a top-heavy roster, that is a supremely difficult challenge.
UPDATE: The Pelicans’ official release stated Cousins’ MRI confirmed the worst on Saturday, that he had indeed ruptured his Achilles and would miss the rest of the season.