Zion Williamson has been ruled out indefinitely with a fractured left ring finger, per the New Orleans Pelicans.
Zion Injury Update: pic.twitter.com/DPY2RSJq0x— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) May 7, 2021
New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin sounded off on NBA officials regarding the lack of calls Zion received this season, and how the physicality led to the injury.
Pelicans' David Griffin blames officiating for Zion Williamson's broken finger: "He’s injured now because of the open season there’s been on Zion Williamson in the paint... There’s more violence encouraged in the paint against Zion Williamson than any player I’ve seen since Shaq" pic.twitter.com/7rYQ7A1mfR— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 7, 2021
The Pelicans' hopes of making a last push for the play-in tournament just got a little slimmer, as their star sophomore big man won't be able to play and seemingly won't be back in time to end the season. New Orleans will rely on Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and company to get them a spot in the postseason.
In 61 games, Williamson is averaging 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists on 61.1% from the field.