Hopes have been so excessive for the New Orleans Pelicans this yr.
With the return of Zion Williamson and the extremely sturdy core of younger gamers who had constructed one thing particular over the previous couple of years, the Pelicans seemed like actual contenders within the West.
Certain, they’d some nice success within the first a part of the season and really made it to the highest of their convention standings.
However then the black cloud of accidents started to rain down on New Orleans and rob them of Williamson.
Issues simply have not been the identical since then.
The rollercoaster of an 82-game season
In early December, New Orleans was a assured group after beating Phoenix twice.
Now it looks like the load of the world is on their shoulders.
12-24 in final 36 video games
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 28, 2023
As famous by NBA knowledgeable Bobby Marks, the Pelicans have been a “protected group after beating Phoenix twice” heading into the beginning of 2022-2023.
However they’ve now gone 12-24 of their final 36 video games.
As soon as the highest staff within the West, the Pelicans are actually in tenth place with a 30-32 file.
Their most up-to-date stinging defeat got here on Monday night time, when the Orlando Magic took them down, 101-93.
Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum tried their finest nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient and the Pelicans confronted one other painful loss.
Williamson has performed only one sport in 2023 and has not been on the court docket since January 4.
Throughout that point, the Pelicans have fallen additional and farther from the highest spot within the West.
They’re now preventing for a spot within the play-in match, similar to they have been final season.
The most recent replace on Williamson stated he can be out for a number of extra weeks as he recovers from his hamstring and the setbacks which have include it.
How for much longer will his staff slide whereas he is out?
Shannon Sharpe makes his ideas on Zion Williamson’s well being clear