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Game thread: No Zion, Ingram or Jones for Pelicans’ matchup against Kings

Herb was trending upwards nicely, but a concussion sustained in last night’s adds him to injury report

NBA: Sacramento Kings at New Orleans Pelicans Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans will be without Zion Williamson (right foot surgery), Brandon Ingram (right hip contusion) and Herbert Jones (concussion protocol) when they tip off against the Sacramento Kings in a few minutes time.

The Pelicans issued a medical update earlier on Wednesday regarding Jones.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that forward Herbert Jones sustained a concussion during the third quarter of last night’s game against the Phoenix Suns and has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

Per the NBA’s Concussion Policy, Jones must go through the return-to-participation process, which can begin no earlier than 24 hours from the time of injury. The return-to-participation process includes a series of steps designed to ensure an athlete exhibits symptom free behavior before resuming full basketball activities. There is no timeframe to complete the process, as each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case.

Filling the vacancy of Zion and Ingram was already an impossible task, but don’t overlook how difficult it will be for Willie Green to replace Jones’ impact on the court as well. His raw stats don’t jump off the page (6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists), but he’s been better of late offensively and, of course, there’s no denying his first-rate defense. So much so, Jones cracked the Kia Rookie Ladder leaderboard this week, placing 10th.

For more on tonight’s game, please give our preview a read.

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (1-7) at Sacramento Kings (3-4)

When: November 3, 2021, 9:00 pm

Where to watch: Bally Sports New Orleans

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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