Zion Williamson was injured in the team’s loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday night and will be evaluated before the team plays again. And, given Zion’s injury history over the first few seasons of his career, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Pelicans decided to play it safe with him over the next few games.
Updating Injury for Zion Williamson
With a posterior hip contusion, New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has been downgraded to out for the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Williamson’s injury was the most notable, not only because of his injury history, but also because of the manner in which it occurred. Late in the fourth quarter, he broke free on the fastbreak for what appeared to be a showtime dunk. Instead, Jordan Clarkson appeared out of nowhere for a spectacular block.
The force of Clarkson’s block threw Williamson off balance, causing him to fall to the ground on his back. Williamson did not return to the game, as the Pelicans used a 17-point comeback to force overtime, only to be defeated by a last-second shot by Kelly Olynyk.
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It’s unclear how much time Williamson will miss beyond this one game, but given his lengthy injury history, the Pelicans will undoubtedly be cautious. Williamson had 25 points, six rebounds, and two blocks before leaving the game against the Jazz.
He averaged 22 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists through the first three games of the season, and he was back to his bulldozing ways whenever he was heading downhill toward the rim.
When Williamson is healthy, the Pelicans look like a Western Conference threat. However, if he is forced to miss significant time, the team’s early season success will be jeopardized.
About Zion Williamson
|No. 1 – New Orleans Pelicans|
|Born||July 6, 2000
Salisbury, North Carolina, U.S.
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||284 lb (129 kg)|
|High school||Spartanburg Day
(Spartanburg, South Carolina)
|NBA draft||2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the New Orleans Pelicans|
|2019–present||New Orleans Pelicans|