Age: 51 Height: 6-9 Weight: 190 lbs School: Duke
The New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks each have won three games in a row as they prepare to meet twice in five days, beginning with a Wednesday night matchup in New Orleans. Zion Williamson has averaged 35 points during the Pelicans' three-game streak. In Monday's a 117-110 victory over Sacramento, Williams scored 30 points and Brandon Ingram had 34.
The Atlanta Hawks will try to extend their three-game winning streak and complete a season sweep over visiting New Orleans on Tuesday night, but a win could be tougher to come by. The Pelicans are healthier than they were Friday, when the Hawks trounced them 126-103 with a big second half. The Pelicans played that game without four starters -- Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Steven Adams.
The Western Conference standings paint a picture of optimism for the New Orleans Pelicans, but the current state of their injury-ravaged roster offers a far more bleak image of the present. While the Pelicans entered Saturday just 1.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors for a position in one of the postseason play-in series, their rotation doesn't provide much room for hope. New Orleans, set to face the host Houston Rockets on Sunday, dropped both games of a back-to-back against the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks with three starters sidelined by injuries: forwards Zion Williamson (thumb) and Brandon Ingram (foot), and guard Lonzo Ball (hip).
The Pelicans lost to the Hawks last night without Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Steven Adams and Josh Hart.
The Pelicans have ruled out Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball for Thursday's game against the Magic.