Do you remember when you were sitting in the High School Literature class learning about Achilles, who is one of the great heroes of Greek mythology?
In case you forgot, he has struck the NBA again. With two players reported to miss the rest of the season due to an injury caused by Achilles.
This isn’t the first time Achilles has caused season-ending injuries to NBA players. We have seen players like Brandon Jennings, Wesley Matthews, Rudy Gay and Kobe Bryant all miss games due to the Achilles injury.
We can now add two more players to the list. Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley and New Orleans Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins will miss the rest of the season due to an injury.
Both Memphis and New Orleans are two teams that are trying to get a playoff spot as a 7th or 8th seed. Though, the recent injuries to their All-Star players could possibly hurt their chances.
For the Grizzlies, it was already a long shot because they were having their worse season in the last 10 years and will likely finish with a top NBA Lottery pick. Despite their record, Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will be out for the rest of the season.
Conley has only played in 12 games this season after battling an Achilles injury, similar to what kept him out last season as well.
Conley has averaged 17.1 points and 4.1 assists to go with a career-low 38.1 shooting percentage in 2017-18.
Grizzlies are 17-31 this season and it was no surprise that they would be without Conley and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10 season.
With Conley out, the Grizzlies will continue to turn to Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to handle the ball and hope for a playoff push in the second half of the season.
For the Pelicans, their future was looking bright. It looked like they could make the playoffs and be a force to be reckoned with. That was until the injury to one of their two All-Star big men, DeMarcus Cousins, who will be out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.
Cousins and the Pelicans were having their best season and are currently sixth in the standings for the Western Conference playoffs (27-21). Cousins is a four-time NBA All-Star, who was named as an All-Star starter for the first time in his career.
He was also the fifth player in NBA history with a 40 point, 20 rebound, and 10 assists in a game. He was really showing the fans that he deserved to be an All-Star starter.
Unfortunately, Cousins will be replaced by Paul George in the All-Star game, and the Pelicans will be looking to find a way to replace him on the court to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Let’s not forget that Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent that the end of the season, so many believe the Pelicans will try to make some moves before the deadline.
Regardless of where both teams finish in the standings, let’s hope for a speedy recovery and get these guys back on the court ASAP!