New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry shot down concerns about superstar rookie Zion Williamson’s conditioning following a 127-123 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Playing in the first back-to-back set of his NBA career, Williamson started slowly, but he still finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists in a career-high 35 minutes.

Zion acknowledged his sluggish start Wednesday.

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In 17 games since returning from a knee injury that cost him the first few months of the season, Zion is averaging 24.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

If not for all the time he missed, he would be a sure bet to win Rookie of the Year.

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