After starting off the 2017-2018 regular season campaign on a negative note, the New Orleans Pelicans finally got into a groove as they rose up to the 6th seed in the Western Conference playoff standings. However, on Thursday night things would take a turn for the worse when Pelicans center and critical contributor DeMarcus Cousins suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
The injury will cause Cousins to miss the remainder of the 2017-2018 season. With the result of the Boogie Cousins injury, many analysts around the league are now debating if the Pelicans should just wave the white flag and start rebuilding the roster.
If general manager Dell Demps and head coach Alvin Gentry agreed to trade superstar Anthony Davis and other complementary pieces of the ballclub, then they might as well sign their pink slips because they will never hear the end of it from the Pelican fan base in New Orleans. Why would the front office blow up the roster while they are in the midst of a playoff race? That makes absolutely no sense.
They are currently the 6th seed in the Western Conference which means that they would qualify to make the playoffs if the season had ended today. The front office needs to see how the team responds without the presence of Cousins in the lineup before they make any significant moves to the roster.
Let’s just say that the Pelicans remain the 6th seed in the West for the remainder of the season; their opponent come playoff time would be the San Antonio Spurs who currently are the third seed in the conference right now. They would have a legitimate chance of eliminating them in the 1st round of the playoffs.
No one knows when Spurs star Kawhi Leonard will return to the lineup and if he does return, will we see the Kawhi Leonard that we saw single handily take out the Memphis Grizzlies last year in the postseason? Those are some of the possibilities that Alvin Gentry and Dell Demps need to take into consideration before giving up on the season for the Pelicans.
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