WATCH: Zion Williamson Rams Down Derrick Favors to Complete a Floating Jump Shot

Published 01/19/2021, 11:43 PM EST
Jan 19, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots the ball over Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports


The Utah Jazz entered the match with New Orleans Pelicans as favorites as they were on a season-best five-game winning streak. They did not disappoint the fans and won the sixth straight game 118-102 even as Zion Williamson had a great show. 

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This loss ensured that the Pelicans lost six of their last seven games after blowing away another early lead.

Jan 19, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) runs into Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson looked very strong early in the game

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The 20-YO continued his dominance inside the paint. He finished 14/19 from the field with an amazing accuracy of 73.7% to score 32 points. Moreover, he was the only Pelican that the Jazz defense failed to block near the rim. 

At the beginning of the game, the Pelicans were trailing 11-16. That is when Zion showed early signs of his tremendous form. He used his dynamic speed and boulder power to ram into Utah’s Derrick Favors and pulled a floating jump shot over him. Take a look at this scary shot.

Derrick Favors didn’t stand a chance vs. Zion 😂 pic.twitter.com/vxU86M6GrD

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 20, 2021

Zion did amazing from inside the paint, but he continued to show no interest for a three-pointer. The youngster attempted just one deep range shot and failed to convert that. In the 11 games that he played so far, he has surprisingly converted zero threes. This is even worse than his last season’s 24-game performance.

The Pelicans continue to disappoint

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In the game against Utah, the Pelicans as a team had 23.1% success from downtown. This was just half the 44.7% accuracy of the Jazz.

They failed to contain Donovan Mitchell and allowed the rotation players to score easily. The bench contributed 54 points, and this left the Pelicans to rely on their tattered offense. 

Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams failed to replicate their performance from the game against the Sacramento Kings. Moreover, Lonzo Ball returned after his knee issues but failed to add anything worthwhile in his 23 minutes of play. He did steal thrice but nothing that could help the team offense.

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The Pelicans will again meet the Jazz in the next game. Do you think they can learn from their mistakes and win that one? Help us know in the comments.

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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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