The Grizzlies had been relatively spared by injuries this season: only 11 small rat games cumulatively for the 5 holders of Memphis. In the last game against the Lakers, the team registers their first major physical ppin of the exercise. In the second quarter, the interior Years Jackson Jr is forced to go out for knee pain. The exams taken this weekend revealed a sprain and a fixed period of unavailability for the moment two weeks. JJJ will be evaluated after this time. At the end of the match, the interior was however not sure of the severity of his injury:
I did not understand what really happened until I returned to the locker room. In general, your body usually stiffens when you injure yourself. But, in this case, it wasn’t as painful.
Currently, eighth and last qualified for the playoffs in the West with a balance sheet (28-28), Memphis will have to do without a pawn essential to its success. Able to ward off the game thanks to his long distance skill (39.7% on more than 6 attempts per game), Jaren Jackson Jr is also one of the best circle protectors of the team: 1.6 blocks on average. A rare profile that the coach Taylor Jenkins will try to replace by increasing the playing time of the rookie Brandon Clarke (12.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in 22 minutes) and the revenant Josh Jackson (8.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 18 minutes). The next chances are important for the Grizzlies in the perspective of the post-season with trips to the Clippers and Rockets and then the reception of the Kings and Lakers.