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New Orleans Pelicans star forward Zion Williamson will miss at least the next three weeks with a strained right hamstring suffered against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Williamson has already missed eight games this season.
Williamson, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, has had an injury-plagued career. Before the start of his rookie season, Williamson suffered a torn meniscus that sidelined him until January. Although he played 61 games the following season, he missed the entire 2021–22 campaign with a fractured right foot.
Williamson has been very productive since recovering from his broken foot, averaging 26 points per game in 29 appearances for the Pelicans this season, but his latest injury is another unfortunate setback for both him and new orleans
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With a three-week window for just one evaluation, the earliest Williamson will be cleared to resume full-contact basketball activities is Jan. 24. The Pelicans are 6-2 without Williamson this season.
The Pelicans will play the first of a long stretch of games without Williamson on Wednesday when they face the Houston Rockets at 8:00 PM ET. New Orleans is the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a 23-14 record.
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