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Duke basketball in NBA: Another injury bothering Zion Williamson

The Duke basketball product might miss out on a showdown with Jayson Tatum.
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Zion Williamson hasn't missed three straight games for the New Orleans Pelicans (9-6) this season. But that may change on Friday night, as the 22-year-old former Duke basketball one-and-done is still dealing with a right foot contusion that he suffered in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 119-106 home win over the Houston Rockets.

It's the same foot that Williamson fractured and underwent surgery to repair last year, causing the 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick and 2020-21 NBA All-Star to miss the entirety of the Pelicans' 2021-22 campaign.

According to a tweet on Thursday evening from The Athletic's Will Guillory, the Pelicans will again list Williamson as "questionable" for their home bout against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics (12-3), including the premier NBA Blue Devil these days in 24-year-old forward Jayson Tatum, at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday.

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The New Orleans Pelicans won their two games thus far this week despite Zion Williamson's absence, thanks partly to solid performances from another former Duke basketball one-and-done forward, 25-year-old Brandon Ingram, who has scored in double figures in all 11 of his outings this season.

Williamson, who has also played 11 games this go-round, is averaging 23.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in 32.2 minutes per game. Ingram is averaging 20.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in 32.9 minutes per game.

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