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When will Zion Williamson return from injury for Pelicans?

The power forward remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

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Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 31, 2023 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have cooled off from their hot start and are now in the middle of a loaded Western Conference field as the All-Star break nears. One of the reason for New Orleans’ struggles of late is the absence of Zion Williamson, who is dealing with a hamstring injury. Williamson missed all of last season with a foot problem and had some hamstring issues early in this season but this is a more serious injury. Here are the latest updates on his status.

Zion Williamson injury updates

March 22 update: Williamson will be re-evaluated in two weeks, so he’s set to miss most of the regular season for the Pelicans. This is obviously very damaging for New Orleans in the playoff picture, as the team sits outside the play-in spot at the moment. Williamson has returned to on-court activities but he’s unlikely to play a meaningful game again this season unless the team rallies hard.

March 8 update: Williamson is still going to miss at least two more weeks as he continues to rehab from a hamstring injury. The Pelicans star suffered a setback in the last update on his injury and hopefully, he’s on track to come back as the team enters the playoff picture. New Orleans is in the thick of the play-in mix right now but is just 2.5 games out of the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference.

Pelicans GM David Griffin said Williamson, who was scheduled to be re-evaluated this week, has suffered a setback in his rehab from the hamstring injury. He’ll be out through the All-Star break and won’t play in the All-Star Game. The Pelicans will provide a new update on Williamson’s status after the break.

Williamson has been sidelined since January 2. He is averaging 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 60.8% from the floor.