Zion Williamson, Pelicans

Pelicans superstar Zion Williamson set to miss at least three weeks

Through nearly the first half of the 2022-23 regular season, the New Orleans Pelicans have held steady among the top records in the Western Conference.

The pathway toward holding that pace got a bit more difficult after the Pelicans announced that star forward Zion Williamson will miss at least three weeks with a right hamstring strain.

Williamson suffered the injury in the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. It occurred after he corralled a rebound and dribbled up the court, which led to him feeling something wrong with his hamstring.

The 22-year-old has been putting together an impressive campaign, averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.6 assists while shooting 60.8% from the floor and 71.4% from the free throw line. He has been one of the driving forces of the Pelicans’ strong start.

He had played in 29 out of the first 37 games of the season, missing two games due to a lower back/right hip contusion and three because of a right foot contusion. His absence puts more of the offensive workload on the rest of the roster.

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New Orleans has already been without All-Star forward Brandon Ingram since Nov. 25 due to a left big toe contusion. Ingram has recently increased his on-court work in his rehab but hasn’t completed a full practice yet.

C.J. McCollum will be the leading offensive factor, while Williamson and Ingram remain on the mend. The Pelican’s roster depth will be tested without their two leading scorers on the floor.

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