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Pelicans F Zion Williamson (knee) will miss Thursday's contest against the Magic, putting an end to his rookie season.
Williamson finishes his rookie season averaging 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists while shooting 58% from the field and 42% from three-point range across 24 games this year. Williamson is undoubtedly in the running for rookie of the year honors but will have a tough time beating out Ja Morant. Williamson should be a top-50 selection in 12-team formats next season, assuming he can get in better shape and conditioning in year two.
Zion Williamson will not play Tuesday against the Kings due to right knee soreness.
Williamson logged 27 minutes in Sunday’s loss to the Spurs, and will not play Tuesday due to right knee soreness. The Pelicans were officially eliminated from the playoffs, it’s possible Zion could miss the next two games. Look for Nicolo Melli to see an expanded role with Williamson sidelined Tuesday.
Per David Griffin, Pelicans F Zion Williamson (rest) is expected to play Sunday after sitting Friday against the Wizards.
Williamson was never expected to play in back-to-backs, which is why he was rested Friday. There’s no word on if he’s still on a minutes restriction coming off three days rest, but he has still yet to play more than 25 minutes since play resumed. At the very least, Sunday’s game against the Spurs should be an up-tempo game, which bodes well for Williamson’s style of play.
Pelicans F Zion Williamson (rest) will not suit up against the Washington Wizards on Friday night, the second half of a back-to-back set.
Williamson notched his second 20+ point performance in the bubble last night, but it will be short-lived as he is going to miss tonight's contest due to rest. Pelicans' head coach hasn't been shy about his interests in taking it slowly with their star player, as Williamson's failed to receive 30 minutes in any game so far in the bubble and will not play in back-to-back games. Expect Josh Hart to see 30+ minutes in tonight's contest. Williamson will have a great matchup on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs.
Zion Williamson scored 24 points (10-12 FG, 4-7 FT) with just two rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes in a 140-125 loss to the Kings.
Williamson isn't technically under a minutes restriction any longer, but Alvin Gentry seems hesitant to play his young superstar more than 25 minutes per game at this point. Williamson put up 24 points in this one, but didn't do anything else to boost his stats. He ended the game with zero steals and zero blocks to go along with just two boards and two assists. He'll look to continue his scoring ways against an undersized Wizards team Friday, that is if Gentry allows Williamson to play on the second night of a back-to-back.