Zion Williamson Exits With Injury; Pelicans Hold Breath

New Orleans Pelicans fans are hoping for the best as they await word on Zion Williamson. He left Monday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers with a right hamstring strain and didn't return. 

After pulling in a rebound, you can see as he tries to push the ball up court, Williamson pulls up and grabs at his right leg as he hands the ball off to a teammate. 

It was diagnosed as a right hamstring strain after the game. "We'll get some imaging and look at him and hopefully he's OK. It was a tough loss for us." The Pels dropped a 120-111 decision to the Sixers.

Williamson has been averaging 26 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 36.8% on threes this season.

Losing Zion for any length of time would be a huge blow for the Pelicans, and for Williamson himself, who's re-established himself this year as a force to be reckoned with, leading the Pels to near the top of the Western Conference. 

In addition, New Orleans is also without its other star, Brandon Ingram, who's been out of action with a toe injury for about six weeks now. 

Zion has missed just eight games thus far this season, a massive relief for the Pelicans, who've watched as the injury-plagued star missed all of last season, and overall has played less than half of his team's games since being drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019. 

They'll likely be very cautious with the 22-year-old, and not try to push him back too soon, if he has to miss any time. For now, he's been ruled out for their next game, Wednesday night vs. the Houston Rockets.