Through the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Zion Williamson was a one-man offense in his remaining recreation of the season.
In a Jan. 2 tilt in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers, Williamson scored 26 factors in 28 minutes. He took 12 pictures. He made 10 of them. Regardless of coping with a thicket of defenders inside, he transformed 10 of 11 paint makes an attempt.
Then within the third quarter of that recreation, Williamson got here up limping.
The Pelicans ranked eighth in factors scored per 100 possessions within the NBA on the time of Williamson’s harm. After he obtained damage — a proper hamstring pressure that may knock him out for the rest of the season — their offense cratered. Williamson was unable to play within the remaining 45 video games. The Pelicans ranked twenty fifth in factors scored per 100 possessions on this stretch.
The Pelicans fell from third place to ninth place within the West with out Williamson. They did not advance out of the NBA play-in match, as they misplaced to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder within the West’s Nos. 9-10 matchup.