National Basketball Association stars send support to injured DeMarcus Cousins

Adam Silver chose Paul George as an injury replacement for De Marcus Cousins
Adam Silver chose Paul George as an injury replacement for De Marcus Cousins

28 January, 2018

The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Houston Rockets on Friday night - but the victory was marred by what is a thought to be a serious injury for DeMarcus Cousins.

With less than 10 seconds remaining, Pelicans All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was helped off the court after suffering a non-contact left leg injury.

"Boogie" Cousins had just notched up his second triple-double in three games in order to help the Pelicans to a huge win against their Western Conference rivals.

"It's his Achilles", Coach Alvin Gentry said.

After the game, Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis spoke about his injury and how the team will have to regroup to fight through his absence.

One key wild card is the potential return of, who started 71 games last season and probably would be New Orleans' best option to replace Cousins in the starting five if healthy.

Boogie has formed the lethal frontcourt duo with Anthony Davis that the Pelicans hoped for, which made New Orleans a very unsafe team in the Western Conference. A shorter one? Or should they trade Cousins to a tanking team before the February 8 deadline in exchange for a contributor who can help save the current season?

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Holiday was fouled and missed both free throws, but Dante Cunningham grabbed the rebound for New Orleans. With just over half of the season left, there has been a lot going on.

DEMARCUS Cousins' season is over.

The Pelicans have confirmed that Cousins will undergo season-ending surgery.

The Pelicans outscored the Rockets by 16 points in Cousins' 30 minutes.

It was an electric touch to the Pelicans' hottest stretch of the season, polishing off their seventh in over the past eight games.

But the thing he seemed most fired up about was that he looked to finally be heading to the postseason for the first time in his eight-year career. Plus, his size will make it even tougher with guys like Elton Brand never really looking the same after an Achilles tear. "Everybody's playing well so we've just got to carry that over to the rest of the season". A few weeks ago, they had to see the Saints lose a playoff game in the most gut-wrenching fashion possible.

He was recently named to the All-Star team alongside Pelicans big man Anthony Davis. A 20+ PPG scorer and a Defensive Player of the Year candidate who is leading the league in steals and blocks, George should win out over the likes of Lou Williams and Nikola Jokic. Right now, the center will have to rehab and get back to form from the injury.

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