This article is part of our NBA Injury Analysis series.
As we enter Week 14, injuries to significant players continue to mar the NBA season. However, even as missed games continue to pile up, the league gets one of its premier stars back this week. No, Zion Williamson has not played in a regular season NBA game, but if the structure of the national TV schedule is any indication, Williamson is already one of the league's top marketing assets.
Unfortunately, the Pels won't be on national television Wednesday night, but that's when we'll catch our first glimpse of Williamson since mid-October. It's anyone's guess how he'll be used or how many minutes he'll play, but Wednesday night could mark a turning point for a Pelicans team that's battled inconsistency – and its fair share of injuries – through the season's first half.
New Orleans aside, several other teams are battling key injuries as we head toward the All-Star break. Let's dive into what you need to know.
Chicago Bulls' Frontcourt
The Bulls frontcourt is currently besieged with injury. Forward Otto Porter continues to recover slowly from his fractured left foot and isn't expected back until the All-Star break. Teammate Wendell Carter Jr. joined him in the athletic training room after suffering a sprained ankle in a loss to the Mavericks on January 6.
The injury is being described as a high ankle sprain, an injury to a specific region of the ankle known as distal tibiofibular joint. This important joint is situated at the bottom of the lower leg bones,