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DeMarcus Cousins Out, Paul George In

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DeMarcus Cousins Out Due To Injury

DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans All-Star center, suffered a lower left leg injury during the final minute of their win over the Houston Rockets on Friday.

After missing his own free throw, DeMarcus Cousins went for a rebound and landed stiffly on his left leg; causing him to hobble around on his right leg before eventually collapsing to the floor. Adrian Wojnarowski later reported that Cousins had suffered a torn left Achilles and that he was not only out for the All-Star game but also the season.

This news is very disappointing to the Pelicans franchise due to the fact the Cousins was having an MVP-like season, averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis’ numbers have brought the Pelicans to a sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Who Will Replace The All-Star?

Now with DeMarcus Cousins out, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is faced with the difficult task of finding a replacement. With many players in the Western Conference having outstanding seasons, that decision did not come easy.

It is conceivable that Chris Paul could be a replacement, but because he missed 19 games this season, he did not qualify for the All-Star place. However, even with the missed games, Paul is playing like the best point guard in the league. Averaging a near double-double putting up 19.5 points, 8.7 points, and 5.8 rebounds, which translates to amazing stats when playing alongside another superstar like James Harden.

Another possibility could have been 2015 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams. Williams started the season coming off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers. However, due to injuries, he bolstered his way into the starting role. Near the halfway mark, Williams is having a career year averaging 23.6 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.5 rebounds with a PER of 23.04. While the Clippers are currently sitting in ninth in the Western Conference standings, with a healthy lineup, they expect to climb higher.

The Chosen One

Following the fiasco that was the DeMarcus Cousins substitute debate, the NBA announced on Saturday that Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder would indeed replace Cousins and join Team LeBron.

George is averaging 21 points, three rebounds, and just over five rebounds in his first season with the Thunder. Many claimed George was a snub when they announced the All-Star team. Even his teammate, Russell Westbrook, went on a rant for the star forward. George had a rough start to the season but has gotten his rhythm back as it progressed. In his last five games, he put up around 28 points, five rebounds, and three assists. This All-Star bid gives him his third straight and fifth overall. George should add to the firepower Team LeBron already has and should make the game even more interesting.

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