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Brandon Ingram expected to return to court for Pelicans Wednesday

Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Pelicans - Game Six

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 28: Brandon Ingram #14 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives the ball against the Phoenix Suns at Smoothie King Center on April 28, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Injuries caught up with the Pelicans in January, as they have gone 3-9 this month with the third-worst offense in the NBA and a -5.9 net rating.

Which is why this is such good news: Brandon Ingram appears set to return to the court Wednesday night when the Pelicans host the Timberwolves.

Ingram was last on an NBA court the day after Thanksgiving when he suffered a contusion impacting the big toe on his left foot. His recovery was slow as he was uncomfortable putting pressure on the foot, running and cutting. Before the injury Ingram was putting up All-Star level numbers at 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.7 assists a game, and shooting 46.7% from 3.

Ingram’s return is needed with Zion Williamson still out at least another couple of weeks with a hamstring issue (he likely does not return until after the All-Star break.

Despite the rough start to 2023, the Pelicans had built up enough wins that they still sit fourth in the West at 26-22, but they need Ingram to punch up the offense, help get them some wins and keep them with home court in the first round of the playoffs.