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NBA Injury Analysis: Cousins, Love Injuries Leave Owners Scrambling

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

DeMarcus Cousins


The Pelicans center has been lost for the season after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. The injury not only hurts fantasy owners this season but is likely to impact Cousins’ value in keeper or dynasty formats, as well.

The Achilles tendon is the conjoined tendon of the calf muscle complex formed by the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. The calf is responsible for pointing the toes in a motion known as plantar flexion and plays a vital role in running and jumping, especially during acceleration. It also helps stabilize the ankle.

Surgery to repair a torn Achilles entails a lengthy recovery process. Since the start of the 2005-06 NBA season, 20 players have sustained the injury. The average time missed for qualified NBA players was just under 10 months with the number improving in recent seasons. Players such as Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay, and Wesley Matthews were all back in

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