The day after a very impressive end to the Grizzlies’ scrimmage schedule. and two days before the much anticipated restart of the 2019-2020 season, some unexpected and disappointing news has emerged for Memphis.
Medical update: @memgrizz guard Tyus Jones has knee soreness and will be re-evaluated in approximately one week.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) July 29, 2020
Less than 24 hours ago, Jones was playing fine and producing well in the Grizzlies win over the Heat. However, it seems something may have happened during the contest that caused the injury, and the Grizzlies felt the best course of action was to not take the chance that it could become worse.
Without a doubt, this is a significant loss for the Grizzlies. Coming into the bubble, many have mentioned the Grizzlies versatility, depth, and passing as key strengths to help them maintain their current playoff positioning. The Grizzlies are second in the NBA in assists per game, and their reserves lead NBA benches in assists per game and FG%. A big reason for that is the steady guidance and historic efficiency of Jones. Though other Grizzlies may provide more overall value individually, Jones’s productive play has been an essential element in many of his teammates, and the team itself, performing above expectations this season.
Hopefully, Jones will be back at some point during the Grizzlies stretch to end the regular season. However, he will miss the games against Portland, San Antonio and New Orleans. These three games are against three teams that are chasing the Grizzlies for the 8th spot in the Western Conference, Jones’s absence will certainly be a big void to fill; however, the Grizzlies do have sensible options. Though it may be hard to replace Jones’s passing and decision-making, Taylor Jenkins can utilize Kyle Anderson, De’Anthony Melton, and Grayson Allen, among others, in lineup scenarios to help the Grizzlies maintain needed consistency on offense.
Though certainly not an ideal situation, the Grizzlies showed they have the ability to overcome a significant loss during their scrimmages as others stepped up with new elements to their games to make up for the season-ending injury to Justise Winslow. Though their depth will again be tested, the Grizzlies will likely find a way to succeed.