Pelicans Film Room: Three key plays from New Orleans vs. Utah Jazz

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New Orleans Pelicans veteran J.J. Redick was among the players who knelt during the national anthem Thursday night prior to the first game of the NBA's restarted season against the Utah Jazz.

"The Utah Jazz are committed to advancing social justice and stand in support of the players, coaches and staff as they exercise their First Amendment rights, and use their voices, their experiences, and their platforms to peacefully express themselves", the Jazz statement said.

Williamson, who left the Orlando campus earlier this month for a week due to a family emergency, was listed as a game-time decision for the opening contest.

The rookie forward finished with 13 points and one assist but was also a minus-16 in 15 minutes.

"We're a lot better with him than we are without him; we know that", guard Lonzo Ball stated. His team was leading 93-89 with 7:19 left when he was replaced, and he never returned.

Williamson left the National Basketball Association bubble at the Walt Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida to take care of a private matter, and quarantined for four days upon his return.

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Williamson looked leaner when the club went back to practice in current weeks has actually stated he strove throughout the NBA's hiatus on his video game and his conditioning. "Our medical team said we played for us to play him".

JJ Redick scored 21, including a clutch 3 to tie it at 102, while Jrue Holiday added 20 points for New Orleans.

With Williamson on the bench, New Orleans closed the first quarter with an 18-4 run, highlighted by Ingram's dunk, finger roll and 3, to take a lead it would hold until late in the fourth quarter.

Pelicans: Face the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

"I respect our teams' unified act of peaceful protest for social justice and under these unique circumstances will not enforce our long-standing rule requiring standing during the playing of our national anthem", the statement reads.

"I don't think that is where we have any real kind of opportunity to sort of pop the bubble".

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