Pelicans 115, Rockets 113 — Postgame recap

Pelicans 115, Rockets 113 — Postgame recap

Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the court while being tended to after injuring his left Achilles tendon Friday night.

The loss of Cousins would be a big blow to the Pelicans, who were able to win 7 out of their 8 games and climbed to 6th place of the Western Conference standings. They are now No. 6 in the Western Conference with a 27-21 record, but are only three games ahead of the No. 9 seed L.A. Clippers. Cousins ranked sixth league-wide and first on the Pelicans in Real Plus-Minus, and Gentry counted on Cousins' ability to handle a high-usage load and heavy minutes to help offset his team's major depth concerns.

As a result, playoff projection systems considered New Orleans a heavy favorite to return to the postseason for the first time since 2015. With just over half of the season left, there has been a lot going on. As team captain, LeBron James sent well wishes to the injured Cousins on Twitter. The injury will require season-ending surgery. According to the New York Times' Marc Stein, the Pelicans had planned to offer him a five-year max contract worth somewhere around $175 million. "Everybody's playing well so we've just got to carry that over to the rest of the season".

Cousins scored eight second-quarter points as New Orleans built a 15-point lead before settling for a 66-53 halftime lead.

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Boogie Cousins joined Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans just under a year ago in a blockbuster trade that gave the Sacramento Kings Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway as well as a couple draft picks.

Cousins is a free agent this summer, and he has an wonderful season with 25.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game. But the Pelicans' potent big duo is particularly problematic for a Rockets squad built to play fast and fire away from the perimeter. Keeping Jordan and Williams makes more sense for the Clippers if they expect to make the playoffs, and Utah's slim hopes of a playoff berth now seem slightly more realistic.

Davis fouled Paul on a missed 3-pointer with eight seconds left, and Paul made all three free throws to get Houston within a point. Plus, his size will make it even tougher with guys like Elton Brand never really looking the same after an Achilles tear.

He was recently named to the All-Star team alongside Pelicans big man Anthony Davis.

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