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Game Thread: Zion Williamson’s minutes to be determined by medical staff against LA Clippers

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The New Orleans Pelicans want to avoid beginning the Orlando restart with two consecutive losses

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There appears a decent chance that Zion Williamson will see a minutes increase in today’s matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers.

Williamson was held to just a shade over 15 minutes in the opener against the Utah Jazz, but Alvin Gentry gave rise to hope of the league’s youngest superstar receiving more action today.

The Pelicans are 1-3 in games Williamson sees less than 25 minutes of action, 10-7 when he cracks the 25-minute plateau. Yes, Zion’s short-minute bursts have not been kind to New Orleans regular season W/L record.

Another thing to watch for this evening will be how deep Gentry ventures into his bench.

The head coach lamented some that he didn’t utilize his reserves enough in New Orleans 106-104 loss to Utah a few days ago, so maybe Nickeil Alexander-Walker or Frank Jackson will be given an opportunity to make an impact.

Your starters for tonight:

For more on this evening’s matchup, give Preston’s preview a read.

Who: Los Angeles Clippers vs New Orleans Pelicans

When: August 1, 5:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: ESPN, FSNO

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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