New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has been diagnosed with a posterior hip contusion and missed the final 9 minutes of the final quarter and overtime on Sunday, according to Shams Charania, renowned The Athletic correspondent reported through his official Twitter account on Monday.
According to his report, although many people are worried about Williamson’s injury, the Pelicans team doctor believes that it had already much better than the tailbone fracture which was initially suspected. In fact, Williamson himself insisted on returning to play the game, but coach Willie Green still insisted that he would not risk making the injury worse, thus he refused to let Williamson continue to play.
Williamson was blocked in the air by Jordan Clarkson, who shoved the former while he was chasing during a fast counterattack in the final quarter of the Pelicans’ game against the Utah Jazz on Sunday. Williamson’s landing was so frightening that he lied on the floor with excruciating pain for a while. Later, Herb Jones subbed in Williamson to the game.
However, New Orleans Pelicans eventually suffered their first loss in a 122-121 narrow loss to the Jazz.
Prior to the injury, the 22-year-old Williamson played 30 minutes in this NBA regular season fixture, tallying 25 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist.
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