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New Orleans Pelicans’ star Zion Williamson remains “hopeful” for a playoff comeback despite his ongoing hamstring injury, according to NBA insider Shams Charania.

Charania revealed on FanDuel TV’s Run It Back that Williamson is optimistic about returning as the playoffs progress, with his potential comeback contingent on the Pelicans advancing past the first round.

Having previously dealt with a hamstring injury last year, Williamson understands the complexities of such injuries, acknowledging that they require substantial recovery time.

Currently trailing 0-2 in their first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Pelicans are feeling Williamson’s absence acutely.