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"There's a sadness for DeMarcus", said Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry. "And, I feel awful for him".
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". "Our guys feel awful".
While Cousins may still provide an emotional boost, the Pelicans still have to find a way to make up for his 25.4 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. For context, the last players with such lines were Charles Barkley in 1993 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976. Upon landing, Cousins hopped around on one leg before collapsing.
Cousins is scheduled to undergo an MRI scan, USA Todayreports sources as saying. Overall as a team, the Pelicans were 9-3 during the month of January. He has been one of their most important players this season and a big part of the success they've seen as of late.
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Nearly immediately after it was announced that Cousins would miss the remainder of the season, it was questioned as to whether or not the Pelicans would elect to blow it up.
Cousins recorded a triple-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists before his team mates assisted him out of the court.
The Pelicans bounced the red-hot Houston Rockets 115-113, injecting a jolt of energy into the Smoothie King Center. "But we still have Omer too, so I'm not sure exactly what the lineup is going to be or how we are going to play it". 40 percent of their 3s this season with Davis on the bench and 32.8 percent when Cousins rests. Antetokounmpo returned after sitting out two games because of a right knee injury. Miller knocked down big three-point baskets when the Pelicans needed them particularly early in the fourth quarter when the Rockets started threatening. With a sub-par roster and a dearth of trade assets, the Pelicans are unlikely to find meaningful help in advance of the trade deadline.
With 14 seconds to play, Cousins came-up limping after going after the rebound off his missed free throw.
The Pelicans star was recently named to the 2018 NBA All-Star team. All those four players were crowned MVP of the league. His range for recovery is six to 10 months, according to reports. A possible regime change.