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Sport Lonzo Ball says Pelicans have to ‘hold the fort down’ until Zion Williamson returns

19:00  21 october  2019
19:00  21 october  2019 Source:   hoopshype.com

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Zion Lateef Williamson (born July 6, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Williamson is poised to join an unusually competitive team for a franchise who held the top pick. But he had to ditch Cleveland to sniff championship success (incidentally, the Cavs returned to stinking But Zion and his Pelicans are coalescing into something truly special. Williamson is the future of the

On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans will tip off their regular season against the Toronto Raptors but unfortunately they'll have do it without their leading scorer from the preseason Zion Williamson, who is expected to miss the next few weeks with with a knee injury.

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Prior to getting hurt, Williamson averaged 23.3 points per game through four games in the preseason, which was good enough for him to secure a top-five spot among the preseason points per game leaders. Only Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden scored more than him and of that group, Williamson had the best field goal percentage (71.4 percent) by more than 10 percent.

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In the meantime, Ball said the Pelicans will “ hold the fort down ” until Williamson returns from injury. “When we have updates we’ll let you guys know They’ll just have to do it without Zion . And no one yet knows for how long. “We are going to still do what gives us the best opportunity to win games

This had to be the craziest AAU environment I've ever been apart of. It was standing room only 3 hours before the game started. There was even an incident that were hundreds of people broke down doors and rushed into the venue. There was even rumors floating around that LeBron and his son

Williamson wasn't just good in the preseason, he was historically great and the hope is that he'll be just as good when he returns. Until then, the Pelicans will have to manage without him, and after practice on Sunday, Lonzo Ball said that he and his teammates fully intend on taking care of business while he's sidelined (via ESPN):

"We definitely wanted him, but there's nothing we can do. We've just to hold the fort down until he gets back.

"He's still on the team. It's not like he's missing the whole season. He's going to be out a couple games, but he'll be back strong."

The Pelicans showed they have the talent to win games without Williamson against the New York Knicks on Friday. We'll see if they can carry that momentum into Tuesday. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

Watch: Pelicans' Lonzo Ball connects with Zion Williamson on alley-oop

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Zion Williamson is loaded with potential. He was likely destined for greatness, regardless of who his teammates were slated to be in his first few Ball seems to have eyes on the entire floor, whether he has the ball or not. And he rarely pounds the rock into the hardwood before he gets an assist.

The Pelicans could trade down . It took pick No. 5 and a future first-round pick for Dallas to move up With players like Williamson and Lonzo Ball , it only makes sense that the Pelicans be a fun-loving How does Brandon Ingram fit into the picture once he returns from his Deep Vein Thrombosis? The Pelicans currently project to have .5 million in cap space to sign free agents this summer, plus

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