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Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Herb Jones all out for Pelicans Tuesday

Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 23: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the second half of a game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center on October 23, 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 Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

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The New Orleans Pelicans will be a little less fun against the Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Three starters — Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Herbert Jones — are all out with various injuries.

Zion suffered a “posterior hip contusion” from a nasty fall when Jordan Clarkson blocked his transition dunk attempt. Zion sat the final eight minutes against the Jazz after the fall and now will miss at least one more game.

Williamson is averaging 22 points and 6.7 rebounds a game so far this season.

Ingram left the Jazz game in the first half after a blow to the head and is now in the NBA’s concussion protocols.

Jones is out with a right knee hyperextension. His knee injury happened late in the overtime loss to the Jazz and he played through it at the time, he is not expected to have an extended absence. Jones will be particularly missed in this game when he would have drawn the assignment to cover Luka Doncic much of the night.

The Pelicans have started the season 2-1 and are not just entertaining, they may be a real playoff threat in the West. If they can stay healthy.