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Zion Williamson will miss at least three weeks with hamstring strain


New Orleans Pelicans star forward Zion Williamson will miss at least the next three weeks with a right hamstring injury he sustained against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Williamson has already missed eight games this season.

Williamson, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft, had an injury-plagued career. Prior to the start of his rookie season, Williamson suffered a torn meniscus that kept him sidelined until January. While he played 61 games the following season, he missed the entire 2021-22 campaign with a broken right foot.

Williamson has been highly 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 him and the New -Orleans.

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With a three-week deadline for a simple evaluation, the earliest Williamson will be cleared to return to full-contact basketball activity is Jan. 24. The Pelicans are 6-2 without Williamson this season.

The Pelicans will play the first of a long series without Williamson on Wednesday, when they face the Houston Rockets at 8 p.m. ET. New Orleans is the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a 23-14 record.

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