The Memphis Grizzlies announced Sunday that forward Jaren Jackson Jr. will miss at least the next two weeks with a knee injury. He will be re-evaluated at that time. Jaren suffered the injury in the 2nd quarter against the Grizzlies loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night.
This is not the kind of news a team fighting for their playoff lives wants to receive. Jaren Jackson Jr. provides much needed spacing to an offense currently struggling (39.7% from beyond the arc for the season) and is also team’s best rim protector (1.6 blocks per game). The loss of Jackson Jr. for the foreseeable future means that Brandon Clarke likely slides in to the starting lineup alongside Jonas Valanciunas, and larger roles in the front court rotation for Josh Jackson and perhaps even Jordan Bell. It also mean that the next eight or so games - which were already going to be tough - just got a lot more difficult.
Memphis will face the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night in their first game without Jaren. Stick with GBB for further analysis and news as this situation unfolds.