Pelicans All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins will undergo surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the season, league sources told ESPN.
An MRI late Friday night confirmed an initial diagnosis of a full tear of the tendon, league sources told ESPN.
“We were starting to play damn good basketball,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told ESPN in a text message. “DeMarcus has been great.”
Cousins suffered the non-contact injury with about 12 seconds left in Friday’s 115-113 win over the Rockets when he attempted to rebound his own missed free throw by poking the ball away from Houston’s Trevor Ariza. After landing hard on his left leg, Cousins hopped a couple of times on his right foot and then collapsed to the court when he attempted to put pressure on his left foot again.
He needed assistance from teammates to exit the court.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
Tyronn Lue (Health) Steps Away From Team, Hopes to Return in a Week
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is stepping away from coaching to focus on his health, the team said Monday.
Lue told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols via text message that his goal is to return in about a week.
Cavs’ Kevin Love Returns to Lineup After Wrist Injury
All-Star forward Kevin Love scored 18 points in his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup Monday night after missing 21 games with a broken left hand.
Love went 5-for-13 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He added seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks as the Cavs beat the Bucks 124-117.