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Zion Williamson Hamstring Injury Update: Pelicans Forward Out for 'Multiple' Weeks Beyond All Star Break
- New Orleans Pelicans’ top executive David Griffin delivered some bad news about Zion Williamson
- The forward’s return has been moved back again after experiencing an setback during practice
- The Pelicans have struggled without the former Duke star in their lineup in the NBA this season
The injury bug has struck Zion Williamson again.
New Orleans top executive, David Griffin announced on Sunday that the 22-year-old forward would miss 'multiple weeks' due to his right hamstring problem.
When news of Williamson’s injury first broke, it was believed that he would only miss time until the All-Star break.
The hamstring injury was more serious than first thought though, with Griffin confirming Williamson is now looking at multiple weeks past the All-Star break before he can make his much-anticipated return to the Pelicans.
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Zion aggravates injury during practice
Williamson reportedly aggravated the injury during the period when he was already doing some 3-on-3 work.
Griffin revealed the forward had been affected by his latest injury setback and the player was 'not taking it terribly well'.
Griffin explained the injury typically had a very high incidence of recurrence and added Williamson had done nothing wrong to bring this about.
The forward has been a vital cog for the Pelicans this season, averaging 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 29 games played. He is also shooting at a high 60.8% clip from the floor, according to ESPN.
Pelicans missing Zion's presence
The former Duke star injured his hamstring on January 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pelicans have struggled since he suffered that injury.
They have lost 14 of their last 20 games, with a 10-game losing streak happening in the middle of that rut. The Pelicans are currently seventh in the Western Conference, sporting a 29-28 record, according to CBS Sports.
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New Orleans needs Zion, Ingram
Sports Brief recently reported on the diagnosis to Williamson’s injury and his importance to the Pelicans lineup, with the team just 12-15 without the burly forward.
New Orleans’ big three has only played 10 games together because of the injuries to Brandon Ingram and Williamson.
The Pelicans need those two players to be healthy for them to become legitimate contenders in the now-stacked Western Conference.