Zion Williamson’s Leg Soreness Added Soreness To The Pelican’s Loss

Tuesday’s game ended on a bitter note for the Pelicans, with the NBA All-Star exiting the game with a sore leg. Although Zion’s performance during the entire match was commendable, misfortune hit the team at the last minute, which ended up making the Pelican’s forfeit the game.

Zion’s Remarkable Performance  

Zion Williamson, Pelicans’ iconic player, was at his finest form for the game on Tuesday. He was a constant menace in the Lakers’ attempt to secure the seventh spot in the playoffs as they faced off against the Pelicans. The Pelicans’ leading scorer got his 40th point on a layup and created level ground at 95 points. But after the shot, Zion winced and motioned to the bench to be removed from the game.

In the final minute of the NBA Play-In Tournament matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, Williamson sustained an injury that gave the Lakers the advantage in the closing seconds of the game.

Recent Updates On Williamson

As per media reports Williamson appears to have suffered a hamstring injury.

On Wednesday, two days prior to the Pelicans’ second play-in game against the Sacramento Kings—who defeated the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday—Williamson will have his checkups.

He ended up showing his frustration as he walked from the bench to the locker room, slamming a towel down on the court.

Williamson had led the Pelicans on an 18-point comeback to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but the injury ended his incredible postseason debut.

Following their defeat, New Orleans advances to the last West play-in game, where they will take on the Kings in an attempt to secure the eighth seed and a series against the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder.

A History Of Injuries

Unfortunately, this was not Zion’s first or only tryst with adversity. Over his five-year career, injuries have kept the superstar out of the game for extended periods of time. Williamson’s right knee-torn meniscus (which occurred in October 2019) was the main reason he only played in 24 games in 2019–20. 

Zion got a small respite from bruises during the 2020–21 season. In a 143–130 loss against the Dallas Mavericks on February 12, 2021, Williamson scored a then-career-high 36 points in the game. He ended with 14 of 15 field goals, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points on 90% of shots.Williamson was chosen for his first NBA All-Star Game on February 23, 2021. On March 21, 2021, Williamson defeated the Denver Nuggets 113–108 with 30 points and 6 rebounds.

His right foot fractured, preventing him from playing the whole 2021–2022 season. Then, in 2022–23, Williamson developed a right hamstring issue and played only 29 games.

Williamson has fortunately had a largely clear medical report for 2023–2024.In a 124–114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on November 29, 2023, Wiliamson finished with 33 points on 11 of 12 field goal attempts and 11 of 12 free throw attempts, in addition to eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

In a 114–113 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on February 2, 2024, Williamson recorded 33 points, eight rebounds, and the game-winning layup.