New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson exited Monday night’s 120-111 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter with a right hamstring strain.
After recovering a defensive rebound off a shot by 76ers center Joel Embiid, Williamson tried to quickly push the ball to the offensive end, but as it crossed the half-court line, Williamson stopped and fired into the left corner. Dribbled. He then handed the ball to his teammate Dyson Daniels while holding his right foot.
After a missed shot, Pelicans center Jonas Valancius fouled Philadelphia’s Tyrese Maxi on a fast break layup, and Williamson retired the game with 24.1 left in the third quarter. The Pelicans then announced that he would not return in the middle of the quarter.
After the game, Pelicans coach Willie Green said that the only update he had about the injury was that it was a right hamstring strain.
“It was right at a critical point in the game,” Green said. “We’ll take some pictures and see him and hope he’s okay. It was a tough loss for us.”
Williamson retired with 26 points, seven assists and six rebounds on 10-of-12 shooting.
Williamson has played in 29 of a possible 37 games for New Orleans this season. He missed two games due to a lower back/right hip injury, three games due to a right leg injury, and three games under health and safety protocols.
New Orleans is also without Brandon Ingram, who has played in just 15 games this season and has been sidelined since Nov. 25 with a left toe injury.
The Pelicans host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, followed by the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.