New Orleans Pelicans have suffered a huge blow following an injury to Zion Williamson which keeps him out for an indefinite period of time. The side are still in contention for the play-in tournament, but the chances have gone down with the fracture sustained to their ace player.
The franchise revealed that Williamson has fractured his left ring finger with the treatment and the recovery plan and timeframe being worked out.
The absence of Brandon Ingram due to an ankle injury adds salt to the wounds of Pelicans, who are marginally behind San Antonio Spurs for a spot in the play-in.
Williamson exited the loss against Warriors sustaining the injury after hitting something while going for a rebound.
Despite returning soon to the action on the court, the extent of the injury was revealed after the culmination of the match with a CT Scan.
The youngster has had a stellar second campaign with the Pelicans with his numbers reading 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the field. He has been cranking his game up as of late, with his statistics from the last ten games being even more impressive. He has been averaging 28.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4 assists per game in his last ten games.
Pelicans blame the league for Williamson’s injury
New Orleans Pelicans voiced their frustration on the injury and blamed it on the freedom the defenders are getting. Franchise vice president David Griffin spoke to the reporters to address the injury and claimed that it has been an agenda against the player by the officials.
“He’s injured because of the open season that there’s been on Zion Williamson in the paint. He has been absolutely mauled in the paint on a regular basis to the point where other players have said to him, ‘I’m going to keep doing this to you’ because they don’t call it.,” Griffin said
New Orleans Pelicans have six games left to turn in around and make it into the top 10 to progress further in the season. The team, without the duo of Ingram and Williamson suffered a close defeat at the hands of number one seed Philadelphia 76ers.
They next face the Portland Trailblazers which is followed by a tricky fixture list which would be hard to navigate without Williamson.