New Orleans Pelicans All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon after an awkward fall in Friday night’s win over the Houston Rockets.
Cousins will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI exam taken late Friday night confirmed the initial diagnosis, the team announced Saturday.
Cousins suffered the non-contact injury with about 12 seconds left in the 115-113 home win over the Rockets after landing hard on his left leg. He had to be helped off the court after the fall, which occurred after he went for a rebound on his own missed free throw. He posted a triple-double in the contest with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
The 27-year-old was in the midst of a banner season in his first full campaign with the Pelicans, averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks per game. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
–Commissioner Adam Silver chose Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George to replace the injured DeMarcus Cousins on Team LeBron in next month’s All-Star game.
George received the most voting points from coaches among Western Conference players who were not named as All-Star reserves. His selection is the fifth of his career, including his third in a row.
The head coach of Team LeBron — determined by the East’s best record through Feb. 4 — will choose who fills Cousins’ spot in the starting lineup. Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens is not eligible for the honor after coaching in last year’s All-Star Game.
–An assortment of treatments has not solved the problem, so Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley will undergo season-ending surgery on his left heel, the team announced.
The procedure will smooth a small bone protrusion in the heel and allow Conley to return in time for training camp before next season.
Conley started 12 of Memphis’ first 14 games but has not appeared on the court since Nov. 13. He was averaging 17.1 points and 4.1 assists over 31.1 minutes in his 11th NBA season. He averaged a career-best 20.5 points to go with 6.3 assists a game a year ago.
–Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson was wheeled off on a stretcher Saturday at Detroit after his left leg was placed in an air cast.
Roberson reportedly ruptured his patellar tendon on the play.
Roberson was hurt with 4:33 left in the third quarter after he slipped running toward the basket during the Thunder’s 121-108 win over the Pistons. His leg bent during an awkward landing.
–With a free throw in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the Pistons, Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony became the third active NBA player with at least 25,000 career points, joining Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James.
Anthony needed 17 points Saturday to hit the mark, which only 24 other players in NBA and ABA history have hit before. Every member of that group is either in the Hall of Fame, retired but not yet eligible for enshrinement (Tim Duncan and Paul Pierce) or still actively playing (Nowitzki and James).
The 33-year-old Anthony is on pace for career lows in scoring average (17.6) and minutes (32.6) after averaging at least 20 points and 34 minutes per game in each of his first 14 NBA seasons.
–Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters Saturday there is no rift between him and forward Kevin Love, despite speculation to the contrary.
Thomas was among the teammates at Monday’s heated meeting who challenged Love’s absences from last Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the next day’s practice due to illness. However, Thomas said Saturday that he did not specifically target Love in the meeting.
“To be real, I didn’t call him out,” said Thomas, who has known Love since childhood, when they were AAU teammates. “I asked him why wasn’t he at the game, supporting his teammates. And then after the game, I didn’t ask him because he wasn’t there. So I was seeing where he was. So I didn’t call him out any. So those reports that whoever is saying that, there’s no bad blood between me and him.
“We go back to fifth and sixth grade. I asked him a question where he was and it was never clarified. And that’s all it was.”
–The Los Angeles Lakers announced that Lonzo Ball’s left knee injury, which has sidelined the rookie point guard since Jan. 13, is a minor medial collateral ligament sprain and has a recovery timetable of up to three weeks.
Ball has missed six games since going down against the Dallas Mavericks two weeks ago. He has recently done shooting, treadmill work and lifting but has yet to return to practice. Ball won’t play in a game before participating in a full practice, according to Lakers coach Luke Walton.
“He’s feeling better every day,” Walton said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if within a couple of days, a week, whatever it is, they say he’s ready to start practicing again.”
–Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall missed Saturday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks because of a sore left knee.
Wall is considered day-to-day, coach Scott Brooks said. Tomas Satoransky started in Wall’s spot in Atlanta.
“We’re going to do what’s best for John but right now we feel, just give him a night off and a couple days of rest,” Brooks told reporters. “We feel it’s best to let it calm down and see how he feels early next week.”
–Field Level Media