Just when things couldn’t get worse for the Memphis Grizzlies, they do...
Grizzlies: Memphis F Jaren Jackson Jr., suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 4, 2020
This is a massive blow for the Grizzlies, as he’s been the primary source of offense in the bubble. Over the 3 bubble games, Jackson averaged 25.3 points on 48.3% shooting from the field and 35.7% (on 9.3 attempts) from deep, 1.7 blocks, and 1.3 steals in 36.7 minutes per game. In addition, the Grizzlies have gotten blown out without him:
This injury will likely lead to Brandon Clarke being inserted in the starting lineup and absorbing his minutes, with Gorgui Dieng or Anthony Tolliver taking over backup 5 responsibilities.
The Grizzlies are fighting to hold onto the 8th seed, and the possibility of that becomes more bleak with that news. However, we’re rooting for Jaren Jackson Jr. to bounce back and continue to prove why he’s one of the NBA’s bright young stars and a pure unicorn big man.