Is Zion Williamson Playing Tonight? Latest Injury Update for Pelicans vs Thunder Play-In Game on April 12
The New Orleans Pelicans will fight for their playoff lives on Wednesday with an NBA Play-In Tournament game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. One major storyline ahead of tip-off is the availability of Zion Williamson, who's been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Zion Williamson Injury Update (4/11/2023)
Williamson is not expected to suit up on Wednesday against the Thunder. The tantalizing forward has been out since Jan. 2 after suffering a hamstring injury and experiencing setbacks during his recovery.
Williamson discussed his lingering hamstring issue on Tuesday. He said he is healed physically, but mental hurdles are keeping him from taking the court again. The two-time All-Star won't be comfortable playing until "I feel like Zion."
Williamson is far from the first player to deal with mental obstacles when coming back from a major injury. Considering how staying healthy has been a struggle for the former No. 1 pick throughout his career, it's no surprise he's feeling timid about a return.
The 22-year-old was electric when on the floor for New Orleans this season, averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 29 games. The Pelicans were 17-12 when Zion was in the lineup during the 2022-23 campaign, compared to 25-28 without him.
Now Willie Green will look to lead his team past the upstart Thunder without a major part of his roster. FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds peg the Pelicans as solid 5.5-point favorites against OKC.
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