April 17, 2024

Pelicans’ Zion Williamson checks out early after injuring finger

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Pelicans ahead Zion Williamson didn’t play the ultimate 7:24 of Wednesday night time’s 117-108 loss to the Orlando Magic due to a finger damage on his left hand.

Williamson had the center finger of his left taking pictures hand taped up as he took questions from reporters following the sport, however did not need to speculate on the extent of the damage.

“I don’t want to say anything that’s not right, to be honest,” Williamson mentioned. “But yeah, I tweaked it a little bit. I’ll have more information on it [Thursday] morning and I’m going to get it looked at and go from there.”

Williamson mentioned he “got hit a few times” on the finger, however the preliminary damage might need occurred with 2:25 left within the second quarter, when he hit his hand on the aspect of the backboard on a block on the rim on Jalen Suggs‘ layup try. Still, he performed by way of the damage into the second half.

There was additionally a play early within the third quarter when Williamson’s legs have been reduce out from below him by Gary Harris, who slipped and fell whereas making an attempt to poke the ball away from Williamson. Officials dominated the play a slip and assessed a typical foul.

Williamson performed till the 6:49 mark of the third quarter, when he picked up his fourth foul and went to the locker room with a coach. He subbed again in with 2:54 left within the interval and performed all however 6.7 seconds till checking out for good on the 7:24 mark of the fourth quarter with the Pelicans down 17 and taking pictures free throws.

Despite New Orleans slicing the result in single digits within the last three minutes, Williamson didn’t return.

“He had something going on with his finger,” Pelicans coach Willie Green mentioned. “I’m not sure what it is at the moment, but we’ll have an update for you guys soon.”

Williamson completed with 15 factors on 7-of-16 taking pictures in 29 minutes.

The crew can be coping with accidents to Brandon Ingram (left knee bone contusion) and Jose Alvarado (proper indirect pressure). Ingram missed his seventh consecutive recreation Wednesday, Alvarado his fourth in a row.

Wednesday’s defeat was the Pelicans’ fourth of their previous 5 video games, all at dwelling. The loss dropped them to a half-game behind the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 5 spot within the Western Conference.

The recreation’s last 7.4 seconds noticed Pelicans gamers Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III and Dyson Daniels all ejected for one thing they mentioned to the officers.

“We have to keep our composure,” Green mentioned. “Look, I get it, some calls aren’t going our way. We feel like other teams are getting those calls and our guys are frustrated about it, rightfully so. I’m OK with battling and there’s some times where guys get a tech here and there, but at the end of the game, we have to keep our composure. Game’s over pretty much. And we got to take it. We lost. We got to be able to take that sometimes.”

The recreation had a playoff-like environment at occasions and playoff-like fouls. Harris’ foul on Williamson prompted each groups to take umbrage with the officers. Also, later within the half, CJ McCollum had what regarded like a tough foul on Suggs within the lane, however as a result of Suggs traveled earlier than the contact, no foul was awarded.

Suggs and Cole Anthony picked up technicals on the play. In whole, eight technicals have been referred to as between the 2 groups.

“This is an emotional game. Everything that happened probably shouldn’t have happened, but we got to be better,” McCollum mentioned. “And I think some of it was questionable. A questionable objection. I don’t know what Trey said. I think Trey said something, but then I was by Dyson when Dyson got thrown. I don’t think that he should have been ejected for that, for what we said. And he didn’t say a curse word or anything. He just agreed with what Trey said and [the official] threw him out.

“I feel they clearly needed to get management of the sport, however there’s 7 seconds left. Now the deed is finished. Let the sport finish and allow us to go dwelling. But we obtained to be higher. It’s a progress second for us to study. You obtained to win with class; you bought to lose with class.”

The Pelicans wrap up a six-game homestand Friday night time in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs.