The New Orleans Pelicans are desperately trying to make the playoffs, or at least the Play-In Tournament, and if they can get it, they could have some much-needed help.
Following re-evaluation on his right hamstring strain, Zion Williamson has been cleared to return to on-court activities, the team announced Wednesday; he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Williamson has missed the last 36 games after he suffered a right hamstring strain on January 2 in Philadelphia against the 76ers.
In 29 games, he holds season averages of 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per contest.
Also, recent medical imaging on Jose Alvarado, who has missed the last 10 games due to a stress reaction in his right tibia, showed incremental improvement. He will continue his rehabilitation process and will be re-examined in 2-3 weeks.
Currently, the Pelicans(35-38) and Lakers(35-38) are tied for the 11th seed in the West and are 1/2 game behind the Jazz for the 10th spot.
Teams 7-10 make the Play-In Tournament, which goes from April 11-14.