DeMarcus Cousins Tears Achilles Tendon, Out For Season

Demarcus Cousins

To start, the Pelicans were in the midst of their best stretch in almost three years, winning seven of their past eight games, including victories over the stalwart Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets. And even with the injury to Cousins, it appears that the Pelicans will move forward with their original plans. While that run has been built more on close wins than dominant play - none of the seven have come by more than seven points, and three have been decided in overtime - those games are still booked in the standings. An MRI after the game confirmed that was the case.

It's hard to paint what the rest of the season will look like for the Pelicans. And with Cousins headed into unrestricted free agency this summer, his own future is now uncertain. That's the tough part.

"We just have to keep going", Davis said.

Before leaving, Cousins totaled 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in 30 minutes of action.

And Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry revealed his devastation for the 27-year-old.

Gentry noted "the improvements in all areas that he's made on and off the court", and said Cousins is "a guy that's trying to better himself".

Knicks 107, Suns 85: Enes Kanter scored 15 of his 20 points in the first quarter and Trey Burke scored 15 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for visiting NY.

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But, the Rockets wouldn't go away.

Trevor Ariza and Paul made back-to-back 3-pointers and Luc Mbah a Moute added a layup that pulled the Rockets even with 2:34 left.

Cousins missed his free throw attempt, then raced to try to get the rebound. The Pelicans, while now in the playoff picture, are only three games ahead of the ninth-place Clippers and 6 1/2 games ahead of the 10th-place Jazz - both of whom have played better recently after overcoming early-season injuries to their own star big men, Blake Griffin and Rudy Gobert, respectively. James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon scored 27 points. And the Pelicans' earned it on Friday, tallying their most meaningful win since the final day of the 2014-15 regular season. Should the playoffs start tomorrow, they'd be the No. 6 seed in the West.

Sometimes it only takes one play to dash a franchise's best season in a decade.

The Dallas Mavericks lost 93-107 at home to the Portland Trail Blazers and the Phoenix Suns fell to their third loss in a row as the New York Knicks triumphed 107-85.

With Cousins gone, the team will have to lean on Anthony Davis to carry them the rest of the way.

Clippers 109, Grizzlies 100: Lou Williams had 40 points and 10 assists as visiting Los Angeles snapped a three-game skid.

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