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Is Zion Williamson Playing Tonight vs Hawks? Former Duke Sensation’s Availability Report 

Arjun Julka
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Is Zion Williamson Playing Tonight vs Hawks? Former Duke Sensation's Availability Report 

In a back-to-back, the Pelicans will be facing the Hawks, post their home win against the Warriors. Currently holding a 5-3 record, the New Orleans team is off to a decent start, having made some significant changes to their roster last season, adding the likes of CJ McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas.

Nonetheless, the return of Zion Williamson serves as a crucial turning point. The former 1st pick, who missed the entire 2021-22 season nursing a Jones fracture in his right foot, is looking to climb the heap as he continues to impress with freakish athleticism and dominance in the paint.

However, an injury scare did come to haunt the 6ft 6″ forward when he suffered a scary fall in a play that involved Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson blocking his dunk, resulting in Zion suffering a posterior hip contusion, leading to him missing two games.

Fortunately for the hoop fans in New Orleans, Zion would return for the battle of LA, facing the Clippers and Lakers. Nevertheless, the Pelicans medical staff continues to tread cautiously with the 22-year-old.

Also read: Zion Williamson Weight Loss: Pelicans Star’s Diet and Training to Get to 284 Lbs for 2022/2023 Season

With the Pels playing back-to-back games, doubts loom over Zion’s availability against the Hawks.

Is Zion Williamson playing tonight?

According to ESPN’s latest injury report, the Pelicans are full strength for the matchup against the Hawks. Thus great news for Zion fans, who get to see their favorite star on back-to-back nights. Nevertheless, the 2021 All-Star could see a restriction on his minutes.

Zion is currently averaging  21.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists, shooting an impressive 51.9% from the field. The Pelicans forward continues to rely on his game in the paint, making it a high-risk zone, given the body contact one must endure.

Facing the Hawks, one can expect an interesting matchup between the two young squads. However, there remains uncertainty over Trae Young, who is on a day-to-day basis, given the eye injury he sustained against the Knicks.

Also read: “Haven’t Played With a Team Like This Through My Entire Life”: Zion Williamson Heaps Praises to the 2022 Pelicans After a 124-112 win

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Arjun Julka

Arjun Julka

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Arjun Julka is a NBA author at The SportsRush. Basketball isn’t just a sport for this 26-year-old, who hails from Mumbai. He began watching the sport after stumbling upon a court in his society, helping him identify an undiscovered passion for the game of hoops. Now an ardent fan, Arjun supports Stephen Curry and the Warriors but also enjoys watching Giannis Antetokounmpo own the paint. When it comes to the GOAT debate, the TSR author feels LeBron James is yet to receive a lot of his due but cannot deny marveling at Michael Jordan’s resume.

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