WATCH: Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Bullies Kings’ Richaun Holmes and Sends Him Flying Off the Court

Published 01/17/2021, 10:26 PM EST
Jan 17, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots the ball over Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes (22) in the first quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Zion Williamson is almost like a bullet train on the basketball court. He is a bully inside the paint and he made that obvious ever since his rookie year.

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The Pelicans’ 4-7 record in the first 11 games is failing to reflect the kind of contribution he is making just second year into the league.

Having said that, there are certainly some areas where he is struggling, because of which Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are still the most dependable players in the team.

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Zanos also failed to stop LeBron James from putting on yet another dominant show. As a result, the Pelicans are coming of 5 consecutive losses as they face the Sacramento Kings.

Jan 17, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Steven Adams (12) dunks the ball against the Sacramento Kings in the first quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson and his intimidating show of power

The Pelicans were the favorites heading into the Kings game, and they lived up to the expectations. Zion Williamson took the early charge of the game and scored 10 points in the first quarter itself.

In the 5th minute of the game, he rushed into center Richaun Holmes inside the paint. His upper body came in contact with Richaun’s shoulders and had such an impact that the latter got pushed out of the paint. 

Zion bullied Richaun Holmes 😳 pic.twitter.com/eb8euQWlad

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 18, 2021

He did not stop there. The 6’6” power forward made a hammering poster dunk on Chimezie Metu with just a minute left in Q1. Take a look – 

ZION MY GOODNESS pic.twitter.com/uTOzdYrsAE

— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 18, 2021

Zion looked angry, scary, and was seemingly playing to make a statement for himself and his side. 

Can the Pelicans make a strong comeback?

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The Southwestern side has some really decent players on its roster. Zion, for one, is averaging close to 22 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

He missed just one game against the Clippers (covid protocols) and is looking very healthy. Brandon Ingram is also showing a good offensive rhythm this season as he has continued his performance from the past year. 

Next up, they have Steven Adams, who is proving to be an efficient defender but is yet to achieve the past form that he showed for OKC. Also, Lonzo Ball (recovering from a knee injury) is soon picking his offense just as the season is maturing.

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Even against the Kings, both Zion and Ingram together combined 33 points in the first half and kept them in a 67-58 lead. They must again grab the winning momentum if they are to make it to the playoffs (which they last did in 2017-18).

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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