The New Orleans Pelicans introduced star ahead Zion Williamson gained’t be suiting up for them for fairly a while as a result of he’s coping with a hamstring pressure.
The workforce stated Williamson is being shut down for 3 weeks earlier than being reevaluated.
Williamson was injured Monday night time towards the Philadelphia 76ers. The Duke product appeared to really feel one thing because the Pelicans have been breaking out of a Joel Embiid missed shot.
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Williamson caught the rebound from the miss, and when he crossed half courtroom, it was clear one thing wasn’t proper. He gave the ball to Dyson Daniels and grabbed at his leg.
Jonas Valanciunas ended up deliberately fouling 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey so Williamson could possibly be checked out of the sport late within the third quarter. He by no means returned.
Williamson had an MRI on Tuesday, and the Pelicans realized the severity of the harm.
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This isn’t the primary time Williamson has been sidelined this season. He missed two video games in October with a decrease again and proper hip contusion after falling to the ground towards the Utah Jazz.
In November, the 2019 first general choice needed to sit out three video games with a right foot contusion. Houston Rockets heart Usman Garuba stepped on Williamson’s foot throughout a recreation whereas Williamson was driving to the basket.
Williamson additionally missed three video games attributable to well being and security protocols, bringing his complete to eight video games missed this season.
Accidents have been a difficulty for Williamson all through his early profession. He missed all of final season attributable to a foot harm. The Pelicans have been hoping to see Williamson improved in his third season after incomes his first profession All-Star look in 2020-21 whereas averaging 27.0 factors, 7.2 rebounds and three.7 assists per recreation.
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Williamson is having himself a fantastic season, averaging 26 factors, 7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per recreation. He’s additionally capturing 60.8% from the sphere.
With Williamson out, the Pelicans are going to must lean much more on C.J. McCollum for scoring. Ahead Brandon Ingram has additionally been coping with an harm to a left toe and hasn’t performed since Nov. 25. Ingram has been training however not totally.
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Williamson’s absence will possible imply extra time for Naji Marshall, who has averaged 8.8 factors in 9 video games.