Four minutes into the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies starting power forward JaMychal Green leaned on his knees, head touching the floor in what appeared to be serious pain after suffering an ankle injury. He was helped off the floor and did not return to the game.
After an MRI today, it was first reported by Shams Charania that Green suffered a high ankle sprain/bone bruise and David Aldridge reported later that Green will be out three to four weeks. Fortunately for the big man out of the University of Alabama, there was no ligament damage.
Sources: Memphis starter JaMychal Green’s MRI on left ankle sprain returned clean, no damage, and he will likely be sidelined several weeks.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 19, 2017
The injury will allow youngsters like Jarell Martin, Deyonta Davis, and Ivan Rabb to fill in. Martin replaced Green as the second half starter at the four, logging over 19 minutes while scoring two points on one of six shooting. He grabbed five rebounds but turned the ball over four times while committing five fouls. Davis and Rabb did not play. It also could mean more run for Chandler Parsons at this position.
These three look to follow in the footsteps of Dillon Brooks, who is making the most of his unplanned time on the floor thanks also to injuries on the depth chart ahead of him. Brooks had an impressive NBA debut, leading the Grizzlies in +/- by scoring 19 points, grabbing five rebounds, creating four steals, and blocking two shots.
Backup center Brandan Wright stands as a potential benefactor as well. The seven-foot Nashville native scored 10 points on 71.4 percent shooting. He was effective on the offensive glass (three of his four boards came on that end) and on defense, where he had two steals and a block.
Green signed a two year extension with the Grizzlies worth $17 million in late September after a career year in 2016-17. This will be the 27-year-old’s fourth season in the NBA and with the Grizzlies.