New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson was in the midst of a standout game Monday before a hamstring injury curtailed his efforts. Now the superstar forward will be sidelined for at least three weeks due to the injury, the team announced after an MRI on Tuesday.
Pelicans announced that medical imaging taken earlier today confirmed forward Zion Williamson sustained a right hamstring strain during last night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Williamson will be re-evaluated in three weeks.
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Williamson appeared to injure his hamstring on a fastbreak during the 3rd quarter of Monday’s matchup against Philadelphia. He handed off the ball and gingerly ran to the corner, lingering on the court for a bit before he was lifted from the game. The Pelicans lost, 120-111, and Williamson finished with 26 points on 10-for-12 shooting.
After the game, Green didn’t provide much of an update on Williamson other than to say he will get imaging done to determine the extent of the strain.
“That was extremely difficult,” Green said. “It was right at a pivotal moment during the game. We’ll do some imaging and look at him. Hopefully, he’ll be OK.”
Williamson was on a roll in the third quarter thanks to a combination of mid-range jumpers and layups, scoring 10 of his 26 points. Overall, he added six rebounds and seven assists and shot 6-for-8 from the free-throw line.
The 22-year-old forward is averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game over 29 games this season. The Pelicans (23-14) are currently 3rd in the West standings. He’s led the Pelicans in scoring in 17 of his 29 games.
Williamson missed the entire 2021-22 season and was limited to 85 games in his first two seasons because of injuries. But this season, he’s been relatively healthy, until now.
He missed two games in October because of a contusion around his right hip and lower back; three games in November with a right foot contusion; and three games in December while in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.