DeMarcus Cousins tore his left Achilles tendon Friday night and 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 New Orleans Pelicans were leading the Houston Rockets late in the contest, when Cousins chased down a missed free throw and collapsed to the court.
An All-Star starter, Cousins was in the middle of a stellar season. The 27-year-old center was averaging 25.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game, while hitting 46.9 percent of his shots from the field. He also carried a PER of 23.15.
While obviously everyone’s thoughts are with Cousins as he faces a long road to recovery, the Pelicans have to be reeling from this development. New Orleans is currently sixth in the Western Conference with a 27-21 record, but their hold on a playoff spot just took an enormous hit.