Tuesday was a rough night for the Pelicans, who lost a play-in game to the Lakers and saw star Zion Williamson hurt in the fourth quarter. Photo Credit: TNT. Photo Credit: TNT.

Tuesday’s play-in game against the Los Angeles Lakers did not go well for the New Orleans Pelicans. They not only lost the game but are now waiting to hear more about the health of their best player.

A Zion Williamson basket tied the game at 95 late in the fourth quarter. But as soon as the basket was made, it was clear that something wasn’t right with the Pelicans star. Williamson walked gingerly to the bench after the basket.

When the game came back from commercial after a Los Angeles time-out, a visibly frustrated Williams headed back to the locker room.

Williamson stayed in the locker room for the remainder of the game, which the Lakers went on to win 110-106.

Following the game, Pelicans coach Willie Green said (per Andrew Lopez, ESPN) that Williamson was dealing with “left leg soreness” and that imaging would come on Wednesday.

While “soreness” might convey a sense of optimism, NBA fans were skeptical, to say the least.

Making matters worse, particularly if this is a more serious injury, is that Williamson had a fantastic game to that point. He scored a season-high 40 points and added 11 rebounds and five assists. Williamson’s game helped drive a Pelicans comeback after the Lakers opened up an 18-point lead in the third quarter.

The New Orleans season is not over. On Thursday, they will play for the No. 8 seed against the Sacramento Kings, who eliminated the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

[Andrew Lopez on Twitter/X, Photo Credit: TNT]

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