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Zion Williamson ‘doing fine’ after exiting Pelicans game due to ankle soreness

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Zion Williamson ‘doing fine’ after exiting Pelicans game due to ankle soreness

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The Pelicans expect Zion Williamson to be a major contributor in the upcoming NBA season after missing all of last season with a fractured left foot

New Orleans star forward Zion Williamson left the Pelicans’ 120-103 preseason loss to the Miami Heat with left ankle soreness on Wednesday, October 12 (Thursday, October 13, Manila time).

After rolling his ankle, Williamson – who scored 11 points in 11 minutes of action – exited the game with 6:42 left to play in the second quarter and went to the locker room. He did not return for precautionary reasons.

After the game, Williamson said he was okay and Pelicans head coach Willie Green said he “is doing fine.” The 6-foot-6 forward is considered day-to-day.

Williamson, 22, has appeared in just 85 games since being selected first overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.

He missed all of last season with a fractured right foot, but was an All-Star in his second season, finishing the campaign with averages of 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists while shooting 61% from the field.

New Orleans opens its regular season next Wednesday against the host Brooklyn Nets. – Rappler.com

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