Zion Williamson’s hamstring injury is causing concern among Pelicans fans ahead of Game 1 vs Thunder

After going back and forth in the Play-in Tournament, the New Orleans Pelicans finally made their way into the NBA Playoffs this year. However, the next obstacle on their path to an NBA title is bigger than a daunting one: the Oklahoma City Thunder. And if this alone isn’t worrying enough, missing Zion Williamson’s energy and tenacity will certainly give some Pelicans fans sleepless nights.

According to the league’s official injury report, the young star is unfortunately out of Game 1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder squad due to soreness in his left soleus. Before this injury, Williamson was last seen on the court during the Pelicans’ loss to the Lakers in the first Play-in game.

Although the Pelicans superstar was visibly frustrated at not being able to help his team finish the game, his 40-point, 11-rebound performance was highly praised by fans and teammates alike. Fortunately for New Orleans, the rest of the team was able to defeat the Sacramento Kings in the battle for the eighth seed before taking on OKC in the first round.

After endless doubts, Zion Williamson also changed for himself and his team this season. The Duke product worked hard to lose excessive amounts of weight to get back to his old, high-flying self. Furthermore, he even adopted a new approach to his game, taking on a more forward role popularized by LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The New Orleans Pelicans are a big step forward in taking his game to the next level and will likely struggle a bit without Williamson’s ruthlessness on both ends of the court, with more of an emphasis on offense. Being the scoring leader of his teamZion Williamson’s average of 22.9 points per game (per Statmuse) will have to be filled by someone else when they face this young but smart Thunder team during Game 1 of this series.

As for a timeline for the star’s return, according to the official report from the New Orleans Pelicans, Williamson will be re-evaluated after two weeks of this injury. Hopefully the two-time All-Star can make a comeback for his team before it’s too late.