New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Star forward Zion Williamson will be unavailable for the Pelicans' game in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Wednesday night, the team announced (via Twitter).

It’s a tough break for Williamson, who has averaged 26.3 PPG over his last three games, and for the Pelicans, who have slipped below .500 (4-5) after losing all three of those contests.

The NBA isn’t providing many specifics this season on why certain players are entering the health and safety protocols or how long they’ll be sidelined, so we’ll have to wait for more details to find out whether Williamson’s absence will be a brief one or if it will cover a week or more. He may have registered a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test or have been exposed to someone who tested positive.

With Williamson out, backup frontcourt players such as Jaxson Hayes and Nicolo Melli are candidates to play some extra minutes on Wednesday night.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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