Pelicans’ Williamson has a hamstring strain

pelicans go forward Zion Williamson will be sidelined for a minimum of three weeks due to a strain on his right hamstring, the team’s PR department tweets.

Medical imaging confirms this is the injury Williamson sustained in the second half of Monday’s game against Philadelphia.

He will simply be reevaluated in three weeks, meaning he could be out for at least a month. The Pelicans have 15 games left this month.

That is clearly a significant blow to New Orleans, which has emerged as one of the leading contenders for the Western Conference.

The Pelicans have a 23-14 record, the third best in the West after Denver and Memphis.

Williamson, who missed the whole of last season due to a leg injury, is on his way to the All-Star season. He averages 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 33 minutes per game.

He was Signed was renewed for a maximum of five years in July despite playing a total of 85 games over three seasons after becoming the 2019 draft’s top pick.

Pelicans didn’t have Brandon Ingram Jr. since November 25 due to a broken left big toe. He was again on the sideline for Wednesday’s game against Houston, the teamtrifles.

If Ingram can return soon, it will certainly soften the blow related to Williamson’s latest illness.

Naji Marshall, Larry Nance Jr. (also out on Wednesday due to right shoulder pain) and Jaxon Hayes could also absorb some of Williamson’s minutes.

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