Ahead of tonight’s final meeting of the regular season between these two teams, Torey Craig shared the biggest takeaway from last week’s two matchups: “Stop Zion ... or slow him down. He was way too efficient, way too many points.”
"Stop Zion, or slow him down." Torrey Craig.#Suns have tall task of facing Zion Williamson as #Pelicans All-Star scored 35 points in each of their two wins over Phoenix in New Orleans last week.— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 18, 2022
Final regular season matchup tonight at Footprint Center. https://t.co/gaE3OObpzx pic.twitter.com/G19Lf1sWUN
Williamson scored 35 points in each game against the Suns to lead the Pelicans to several victories in New Orleans, and Craig is right, Zion was incredibly efficient, notching a total of 27 made field goals on 38 attempts.
It’ll be interesting to see how Monty Williams tries to slow down Williamson considering Deandre Ayton, who is probably the best-suited Sun to guard Zion one-on-one, is out.
Returning from a one-game absence, Jose Alvarado should provide Willie Green a big spark off the bench. Who else can’t wait for the Alvarado-Chris Paul minutes??
Jose Alvarado (right rib contusion) is AVAILABLE for tonight's game at Phoenix— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 18, 2022
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Let’s Geaux, Pels!
Who: New Orleans Pelicans (18-10) at Phoenix Suns (17-12)
When: December 17, 2022, 8:00 p.m. CT
Where to watch: Bally Sports New Orleans, NBA TV, League Pass
Where to listen: WRNO 99.5