After attempting to rebound a missed free throw at the end of New Orleans’ 115-113 win over Houston, DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a ruptured achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season. Cousins had been averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game this season before his injury. The sixth-place Pelicans are on a four-game win streak and have boasted the best frontcourt in the league between Cousins and fellow All-Star starter Anthony Davis.
“I feel horrible for him,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters after the game. “Everything that he’s done, and what he’s tried to do for us this year, and what he’s made himself, and the improvements in all areas that he’s made on and off the court, has just been great. I don’t want that to happen to a guy that’s trying to better himself.”
The Pelicans have managed decent, even surprising success with a frontcourt-heavy team in a guard’s league. This injury will no doubt cause them to change their gameplan and approach to competing in the difficult Western Conference, and makes them a team to watch with the trade deadline coming up.