ESPN’s Tim MacMahon is reporting that Memphis Grizzlies forward James Ennis will miss two weeks due to a calf strain. Ennis is averaging 29 minutes per game for the Grizzlies so far this season, having started all but one game in Memphis while scoring 9.1 points per game and shooting 44% from the field/34% from beyond the arc.
Source: Grizzlies SF James Ennis is expected to miss two weeks with a strained calf. Memphis is also missing SF... https://t.co/SFXHOjaulp— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 22, 2016
The loss of Ennis hurts on several levels. First, he has been terrific grabbing rebounds as a perimeter player for Memphis, averaging 5.3 rebounds per game. He is also able to switch between perimeter positions with ease thanks to his 6’7” frame, so the Grizzlies will miss his versatility on both offense and defense. Combine all this with the fact that Chandler Parsons will also miss roughly two weeks due to a knee bruise, and the Grizzlies suddenly just got a lot more thin on the perimeter.
Who will start in Ennis’ place? Will this injury force Wade Baldwin IV to return early from Iowa? Will Troy Williams, Troy Daniels, or Jarell Martin get the most of these minutes that Ennis leaves behind? These questions will be answered starting Wednesday night, as the Memphis Grizzlies take on the Philadelphia 76ers.