The New Orleans Pelicans came away with a big, 115-113 win over the Houston Rockets Friday at home, but a season-ending injury to star center DeMarcus Cousins rained on the victory parade.
Cousins, who was recently named to the 2018 All-Star team along with fellow Pelicans post Anthony Davis, had to be helped off the floor in the last eight seconds of the game after suffering an apparent Achilles injury while making a hustle play after a rebound.
Nooooo not DeMarcus Cousins 😢 pic.twitter.com/o7CpBFnlKj— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) January 27, 2018
Cousins was helped off the floor by teammates Omer Asik and Cheick Diallo just before the Pelicans sealed the victory.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that league sources said Cousins is still waiting on an MRI, but the "diagnosis is clear" that he suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season. It was later confirmed to be a ruptured Achilles.
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