Social-media customers had been left scratching their heads over a picture of New Orleans Pelicans heart DeMarcus Cousins taking an obvious non-public flight to someplace apart from his group’s playoff-opening win in Portland, Oregon.
The weekend intrigue prolonged past the Pelicans fan base — reaching into even the Mojave Desert when the caption on the Instagram photograph referenced the favored music competition Coachella.
Cousins was really relocating to a brand new home in Las Vegas, a supply advised Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated. Cousins had been rehabilitating in Los Angeles after a season-ending Achilles harm he suffered in late January.
Adding to the confusion, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry stated earlier than Saturday’s Game 1 win that Cousins had not been cleared to fly and wouldn’t be in attendance.
“We would love for him to be here because he’s been an integral part of this,” Gentry stated, in accordance with The Times-Picayune. “I feel really bad for him because he’s been great for us.”
Cousins is hoping to affix the Pelicans at one in all their video games this postseason, however it will likely be powerful together with his rehab, the supply advised Spears.
Cousins and Anthony Davis had been on tempo to turn into the primary teammates ever to every common 25 factors and 10 rebounds per recreation for a season when Cousins went down Jan. 26.
Davis has carried the Pelicans in Cousins’ absence, together with Saturday.
But it wasn’t a recreation Cousins missed — he stated on a nine-second Instagram video he was “tuned in.”