DeMarcus Cousin's Suffers Injury vs. Rockets

In the closing seconds of the fourth quarter during a huge 115-113 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night, New Orleans Pelicans All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins' season was ended in the blink of an eye when he tore his left Achilles.

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

"Just unfortunate, really. I think we've been doing really well, got in a great groove", Holiday added, noting that Cousins' triple-double against Houston was his second in three games.

"There's a sadness for DeMarcus", said Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry. They were able to turn it around and win games and are now sitting at the number six spot in the Western Conference with their two stellar big-men in Anthony Davis and #DeMarcus Cousins.

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The play came after Cousins all but sealed the game for the Pelicans, grabbing an offensive rebound and laying it in while he got fouled to put the Pelicans up four. New Orleans is now sixth in the Western Conference with a 27-21 record, but their hold on a playoff spot just took an enormous hit. Tonight's game will take place from Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and will air live on ESPN.

The two teams are now tied 1-1 in their regular-season series, with the home team winning both times.

The Pelicans' win over Houston was one of the team's most dramatic of the season and easily could be considered their most important victory to date, but Cousins' season-ending injury made it a bittersweet night for the franchise.

The injury could impact Cousins as he enters free agency this offseason.

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Cousins had his third triple-double of the season (15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists) in Friday's win and Davis had 27 points and 11 rebounds.

All of that remains to be seen, but it's really lame we have to ask these questions. Will they make a move to bring in more talent and hold on to that playoff slot? The second clip shows Cousins getting carried off the floor. They'd be able to thoroughly dominate even the Golden State Warriors in the paint thanks to their length, versatility, athleticism and two-way ability.

Cousins was also poised to be included in the Team LeBron roster along with team mate Anthony Davis in the National Basketball Association 2018 All Star weekend beginning February 18 (February 19, Manila time).

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