Zion Williamson
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New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson took a premature exit on his team’s 120-111 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Williamson sustained a right hamstring strain in the third quarter as he went off for a quick push with the ball to reach halfcourt. He then plainly held the back of his leg. 

The Pelicans quickly committed a foul after missing the shot on the said possession and allowed Williamson to be checked. He was then announced unavailable to return with around 24 seconds left entering the last frame.

Coach Willie Green took the postgame podium and noted that they can only relay an update that Williamson indeed suffered from a hamstring strain.

“It was right at a pivotal moment in the game,” Green said, via ESPN’s Mark Lopez. “We’ll get some imaging and look at him and hopefully he’s OK. It was a tough loss for us.”

Before his exit, Williamson grabbed 26 points, seven assists, and six rebounds in an efficient 10-of-12 shooting.

New Orleans is now on a two-game losing skid and will look to bounce back against the Houston Rockets this Wednesday.