One of the biggest names in the NBA to return from a year-long hiatus last season is back on the injury report. The New Orleans Pelicans have listed Zion Williamson as questionable for tonight’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Williamson’s foot injuries have always caused concern for the Pelicans organization and fans. He has already missed two games this season and could miss another one if the injury report holds true.
“Zanos” must have injured it in the Pelicans’ win against the Houston Rockets. Former NBA All-Star Williamson was ultra-efficient in scoring 26 points with just nine field-goal attempts. He made his living on the free-throw line by making all but two of his 12 freebies.
When Zion Williamson exactly injured his ankle/foot wasn’t very clear but it’s no surprise that the team is being extra careful with him. The Pelicans will host Memphis tonight and then the Chicago Bulls the night after. Williamson could play in just one of the two back-to-back games.
Meanwhile, Jaren Jackson Jr. could make his 2022-23 NBA season debut after undergoing off-season foot surgery. Jackson Jr.’s last game was in Game 6 of the playoffs versus the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.
Last season, Jaren Jackson was a crucial factor in the Memphis Grizzlies’ success. He averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and an NBA-best 2.3 blocks per game. These are the numbers that the Grizzlies have missed in their first 14 games of the season.
Without Jackson Jr., the Grizzlies have been utilizing Santi Aldama at power forward. Memphis’ second-year power forward has been doing a solid job while waiting for Jackson Jr. to get back into action. He is expected to return to the bench once “JJJ” suits up.
Ben Simmons: Left knee swelling/soreness; Injured since October 31, 2022
Ben Simmons has been in and out of the Brooklyn Nets lineup since a left knee soreness sidelined him back on October 31, 2022. Brooklyn was about to face the Indiana Pacers when Simmons was ruled out due to the aforementioned reason.
The former NBA All-Star was in street clothes when the Nets lost to the LA Lakers two nights ago. Basketball fans were excited to see Simmons go up against another embattled player in Russell Westbrook. The matchup basketball fans wanted to see did not materialize.
Whatever positive vibe Ben Simmons showed earlier in the NBA season seems to have completely deserted him. He is averaging just 5.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists. The Australian is clearly not enjoying his time playing in the league.
Most basketball experts asserted in the offseason that the Nets will need the NBA All-Star version of Simmons to at least make the playoffs. That version of Simmons disappeared during the Brooklyn Nets’ rough start.
There’s no telling how long Ben Simmons will be out. The Nets might want to let the knee heal completely before putting him back in.
Seth Curry: Left ankle recovery/management; Injured since the offseason
The Brooklyn Nets sidelined Seth Curry in their loss to the LA Lakers to manage his left ankle. Before missing that game, the shooting guard seemed to have regained his shooting touch in his last two games.
In the Nets’ back-to-back wins against the New York Knicks, Curry was methodical and played a big role in helping Kevin Durant carry the team. Brooklyn’s backup shooting guard averaged 22.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in just a little over 25 minutes.
Without the suspended Kyrie Irving, Curry showed how important his outside shooting will be. He hit 4-8 three-point shots against the Knicks and made 6-11 against the Clippers.
He’s likely to return versus the Sacramento Kings tonight.