On Thursday night, Zion Williamson took the floor for the first time since he suffered a knee injury in Duke’s game against North Carolina. After missing five games, Williamson returned just in time for the ACC Tournament.
The Blue Devils kicked off conference tournament play against Syracuse. The Orange used a comeback win against Pitt on Wednesday night to keep their conference championship hopes alive.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski suggested he wouldn’t allow Williamson back on the court until he was 100-percent. Well, he looked healthy Thursday night.
Williamson scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and had four steals – all in nine minutes of play in the first half.
While his performance on the court captured the nation’s attention, there was one moment in the first half that received hefty scrutiny.
ESPN’s cameras appear to capture Syracuse’s Frank Howard intentionally trying to trip Williamson.
Check it out.
He really tried to hurt Zion 😒 pic.twitter.com/74HQtm0060
— megcee (@megcee_) March 15, 2019
Williamson dominated the first half and tensions might be running high for Howard and Syracuse, but there’s no need for those actions.
Luckily, Williamson avoided the trip and entered half-time like he came into the game: healthy.
Williamson poured in 21 points and nine rebounds in the first half. Duke holds a 34-28 lead after 20 minutes of play.