Alvin Gentry took him out of the game with five minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the fourth rather than extending his playing time more than what had been recommended by team trainers.
While fans obviously want to see Williamson play without any minutes restrictions, Gentry has said New Orleans is firmly looking at the bigger picture.
Many are left wondering whether staging games now—a time when many players are enjoying their offseason—could increase the risk of injury.
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For every game he's absent, though, New Orleans risks slipping further out of the postseason race.