A collective of social-media users were left scratching their heads Saturday over an image of DeMarcus Cousins taking an apparent private flight to somewhere other than his team’s playoff-opening win at Portland.
But the intrigue extended beyond the New Orleans Pelicans fan base — reaching into even the Mojave Desert — when the caption on the Instagram photo referenced the popular music festival Coachella.
Instead, a source told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, Cousins was relocating to a new house in Las Vegas. Cousins had been rehabilitating in Los Angeles from a season-ending Achilles tendon he suffered in late January.
Adding to the confusion, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said before Saturday’s Game 1 win that Cousins had not been cleared to fly and would not be in attendance.
“We would love for him to be here because he’s been an integral part of this,” Gentry said, according to The Times-Picayune. “I feel really bad for him because he’s been great for us.”
Cousins is hoping to join the Pelicans at one of their games this postseason, but it will be tough with his rehab, the source told ESPN’s Spears.
Cousins and frontcourt cohort Anthony Davis were on pace to become the first teammates ever to each average 25 points and 10 rebounds per game when Cousins went down Jan. 26.
Davis has carried the Pelicans in Cousins’ absence, including Saturday.
But it wasn’t a game Cousins missed — he said on a nine-second Instagram video he was “tuned in.”