The many faces of the Trail Blazers watching Zion Williamson
Marveling Zion Williamson
The New Orleans Pelicans rookie went off Tuesday night vs. the Trail Blazers, going for a career-high 31 points. The end result? The Pelicans routed the Trail Blazers 138-117. The photos from the game, and the Trail Blazers reaction on the court to Williamson's performance says a lot... here are their faces...
"He’s just really strong, really physical, athletic and you know, he lives in the paint. I think with his strength and athleticism it’s a lot of pressure on guys to try not to foul him and also, just try not to give him position to where he gonna be getting dunks and lay-ups… It’s just him being tough to deal with."
This is the look that someone gives you when you're already hanging from the rim for two. Swanigan had the unfortunate task of trying to stop the 6'6", 284 pound rookie. That proved to be a pretty tough task. Zion scored 31 points in 28 minutes of work.
“He’s strong, finishes well, and is a fast kid. He already gets the superstar calls.” McCollum said with a smile. You defend him with all five, try to make it difficult. Keep him off the line. I think he had 30 on all lay-ups and free throws… Try to keep him away from the basket and hope the refs don’t call fouls. I don’t know. He’s only played like seven games, so people haven’t figure out how to stop him yet.”
Williamson is averaging 19.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists so far this season. Whiteside had 17 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Pelicans, and just one block. The Blazers big man was looking on as Williamson was able to slip past the Blazers defense for the jam.