Duke basketball star's debut halted by injury: Sports Illustrated.
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Duke basketball star’s debut halted by injury: Sports Illustrated.

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After missing the New Orleans Pelicans’ first-round exit in the 2022 NBA Playoffs and Play-In Tournament due to injury last year, Zion Williamson made a statement in his first playoff appearance on Tuesday night.

 

In the Western Conference’s No. 7 seed Play-In Tournament against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, the Pelicans’ 23-year-old sensation and former No. 1 overall draft pick finished with a game-high 40 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block. Unfortunately, he was forced to sit out the last 3:13 of action after injuring his lower leg while tying the game at 95-95.

And without Williamson’s aggressive drives and commanding touch down the game, the Pelicans succumbed 110-106, securing LeBron James and the Lakers’ playoff spot.

Brandon Ingram, New Orleans’ other former Duke basketball one-and-done and other cornerstone forward, played only his second game since returning from a knee ailment that had kept him out of action for over three weeks. He played only 25 minutes against the Lakers, scoring 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists before watching the last 7:38 of the fourth quarter from the bench.

Neither of the Los Angeles NBA Blue Devils played any minutes in New Orleans. Cam Reddish is out with a right ankle injury, and Harry Giles, who is on a two-way contract, is not currently available for the postseason.

Brandon Ingram, New Orleans’ other former Duke basketball one-and-done and other cornerstone forward, played only his second game since returning from a knee ailment that had kept him out of action for over three weeks. He played only 25 minutes against the Lakers, scoring 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists before watching the last 7:38 of the fourth quarter from the bench.

Neither of the Los Angeles NBA Blue Devils played any minutes in New Orleans. Cam Reddish is out with a right ankle injury, and Harry Giles, who is on a two-way contract, is not currently available for the postseason.

The Pelicans, who must now secure the No. 8 seed or face the end of their season, play the Sacramento Kings on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET. It’s unclear whether Zion Williamson (left leg pain, testing scheduled for Thursday) or Brandon Ingram would miss time due to injury.

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