NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson will miss Thursday night’s game against the Miami Heat due to irritation to his right fifth toe, but sources told ESPN that is still expected. play in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.
Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said toe irritation is something Williamson has been trying to overcome recently.
“It’s one of those things that just keeps getting a little bit worse,” Van Gundy said. “Obviously, a lot of minutes last night and the whole thing. So it got worse. But it’s been something he’s had.”
Williamson will be part of Team Durant at the All-Star Game.
Williamson played 38 minutes in Wednesday night’s loss to the Chicago Bulls. Although he finished with 28 points, he was upset that he shot only 8 of 16 from the free throw line. After the game, he spent approximately 40 minutes making extra shots on the Smoothie King Center floor.
Thursday night will mark the second game Williamson has lost this season, but only the first because of an injury-related problem. He missed a game on January 13 in Los Angeles against the Clippers due to an inconclusive COVID-19 test.