New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson is indefinitely absent with a fractured left ring finger, the team announced Friday.
Williamson underwent a CT scan on Thursday which revealed the injury. A treatment plan and schedule for her return will be determined after further assessment.
Executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin called the injury “preventable,” saying Williamson was injured because of the way he was officiated this season.
“He was absolutely mangled in the paint on a regular basis, to the point where other players told him, ‘I’m going to keep doing this to you because they don’t call him,'” Griffin told reporters. in a Friday press conference. “There is more violence encouraged in the painting against Zion Williamson than in any play I have seen since Shaq.
“It was blatant and horrible then, and the same is true now.”
Griffin didn’t say when the injury happened, but Williamson appeared to hurt his finger while trying to get a rebound in Tuesday’s win over the Golden State Warriors.
The Pelicans (30-36) entered Friday’s game against the 76ers two and a half games behind the Spurs for the final play-in spot in the Western Conference.
Williamson, 20, is averaging 27 points and 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season.