The Memphis Grizzlies announced Tuesday night that Brandon Clarke will miss at least two weeks due to a quadriceps injury. The issue was detected when he was being evaluated for his hip soreness that forced him to leave the Los Angeles Clippers game Monday night after just four minutes of play.
Clarke, who is/was on pace for a first-team All-Rookie season before the injury, would have been sorely missed if the Grizzlies were completely healthy. But with Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen, and Jaren Jackson Jr. all also out due to various ailments, Memphis has gone from relatively deep to thin in key spots quite quickly. This is a problem for a reeling Memphis team that has lost their first three games after the All-Star Break. Now, it is likely that both Winslow and Jackson Jr. return before Clarke...if the two week re-evaluations bring good news.
Look for players like Jordan Bell, Yuta Watanabe (who was called up by the Grizzlies Tuesday afternoon), and Josh Jackson to continue to see minutes as Clarke slides to the injury list. The starting lineup will also be interesting to watch unfold, starting Wednesday night in Houston against the ultra-small Rockets. They have options - De’Anthony Melton sliding to the wing with Kyle Anderson as a “power forward”, perhaps makes the most sense. But this will be a real test of Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins and his staff - Memphis had been struggling offensively even before the disastrous weekend in L.A. both in terms of play and health wise. Now, while Memphis still holds a lead in the race for the eight seed in the Western Conference, the strain and stress on that position just became all the more real.
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