Cousins recorded a triple-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists against the Rockets prior to his injury, continuing his stunning season.
The rest of the Pelicans didn't know Cousins was done for the year when they spoke to the media after the game, but the somber mood in the locker room suggested they had an idea how severe his injury might be.
Cousins was injured in the late stages of Friday's thrilling win over the, the Pelicans' fourth in a row and seventh in their past eight games. Gordon, who joined the Rockets in free agency before last season, launched a few of his 3-pointers from the French Quarter. Cousins remained down on the ground for over a couple minutes, before being helped off the floor by New Orleans' players and training staff.
Holiday was fouled and missed both free throws, but Dante Cunningham grabbed the rebound for New Orleans. After undergoing surgery to fix a torn hamstring before training camp, Hill has yet to play this season but has targeted a February return.
The injury, which would knock Cousins out for - at minimum - the rest of this season, only casts more doubt over the future of a franchise that already had one of the most uncertain futures of any in the National Basketball Association. But the Pelicans' potent big duo is particularly problematic for a Rockets squad built to play fast and fire away from the perimeter. We can't keep our head down and just pray. Plus, his size will make it even tougher with guys like Elton Brand never really looking the same after an Achilles tear.
The timing is also brutal for Cousins, as he's in a contract year.
In his first full campaign with the Pelicans, he's averaging 25.4 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
There's no overstating Cousins' central role in the Pelicans' surprisingly strong season and there should be no overstating how dramatically his absence will negatively impact his team's fortunes.
LeBron James drafted DeMarcus Cousins for his All-Star team and tweeted out support to the big-man, along with other star players.
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