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Western Southwest Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
33-22 7-3 W3
32-23 7-3 W6
24-30 3-7 L1
20-36 2-8 W2
11-44 2-8 L1

Top Grizzlies News

  • Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Making progress, but timeline TBD

    Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman said Friday that Bane (ankle) is progressing through the initial stages of his rehab and will be re-evaluated at some point after the All-Star break, Michael Wallace of the team's official site reports. "We'll be smart," Kleiman said when asked if Bane could return at some point this season. "We're going to make sure [Bane and Marcus Smart] are in position to be fully healthy [before playing]."

    Bane hasn't played since Jan. 12, when he sustained what was reported as a Grade 3 left ankle sprain in the Grizzlies' loss to the Clippers. Though a Grade 3 sprain typically entails a multi-month recovery and often requires surgery, Bane seems to be coming along far more rapidly in his rehab process than initially anticipated. Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins confirmed earlier this month that Bane was able to resume individual work in practice, and a formal update regarding when the fourth-year guard might be ready to mix into drills with his healthy teammates could come shortly after he's re-evaluated. At this stage, however, Bane remains without a formal timeline for a return to game action, though Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal relays that Bane is closer to playing than Smart, who has been out since Jan. 9 with a right ring finger central slip tear. Given that the 20-36 Grizzlies aren't shaping up as playoff contenders, the team likely won't look to rush Bane back until they're confident he's 100 percent healthy. Fantasy managers should expect Bane to miss the Grizzlies' remaining three games of February, at a minimum.

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  • Grizzlies' Marcus Smart: Progressing, still lacking timeline

    Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman said Friday that Smart (finger) is progressing through the initial stages of his rehab and will be re-evaluated at some point after the All-Star break, Michael Wallace of the team's official site reports. "We'll be smart," Kleiman said when asked if Smart could return at some point this season. "We're going to make sure [Smart and Desmond Bane] are in position to be fully healthy [before playing]."

    Smart hasn't played since Jan. 9, when he exited early in a win over the Mavericks and was later diagnosed with a right ring finger central slip tear. When Smart suffered the injury, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the point guard would be sidelined for approximately six weeks. Though Smart has now reached the end of that projected timeline, the Grizzlies haven't offered an indication that the 29-year-old is close to a return, and Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Tuesday that Bane -- out since Jan. 12 with a severe left ankle sprain -- looks closer than Smart to resume playing. More clarity on a target date for Smart's return could come forth when Memphis reconvenes for practice this week, but expect his absence to stretch into March while the 20-36 Grizzlies have little incentive to rush him in the midst of a non-contending season.

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  • Grizzlies' Scotty Pippen: Out at least three weeks

    The Grizzlies announced Friday that Pippen will be re-evaluated in three weeks after he was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back following an MRI.

    Since joining Memphis on a two-way deal Jan. 16, Pippen had appeared in eight games (four starts) for the NBA club, averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 three-pointers and 1.0 steals in 22.6 minutes per contest. Despite his strong per-minute production, the Grizzlies had been prudent in deciding which games to keep him active; due to NBA rules for two-way players and the timing of his signing, Pippen is eligible to be active for 26 total games this season, unless Memphis upgrades him to a standard contract. The low-back injury Pippen suffered in Monday's win over the Rockets likely means that the Grizzlies won't have to manage his active games count as conservatively, but he'll nonetheless miss out on an opportunity to play meaningful minutes while Memphis contends with other injuries to key backcourt players. With Pippen, Marcus Smart (finger) and Ja Morant (shoulder) all sidelined, two-way player Jacob Gilyard, veteran Derrick Rose (ankle) and 10-day signee Jordan Goodwin now represent the Grizzlies' main options at point guard.

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  • Grizzlies' GG Jackson: Excellent off bench Thursday

    Jackson provided 27 points (10-17 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 1-3 FT), one rebound and one block in 30 minutes during Thursday's 113-110 win over the Bucks.

    Jackson tied his career-best scoring output Thursday despite coming off the bench, and the rookie out of South Carolina continues to make an impact for a depleted Grizzlies team. He's going through his most productive stretch of the campaign and has scored in double digits in six straight appearances, averaging 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in that span. Plus, it's worth noting each of his last five outings in that span has seen him come off the bench, so he's performing at a high level regardless of his role.

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  • Grizzlies' Vince Williams: Comes close to triple-double

    Williams finished Thursday's 113-110 win over Milwaukee with 18 points (7-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists and two steals across 34 minutes.

    Williams has been one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises for the Grizzlies this season, as the former VCU standout has been trusted into a significant role amid a rash of injuries but has been better than expected. Having started in each of his last 18 appearances, Williams has scored in double digits in all but two of those contests, averaging 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game in that stretch.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Scores career-high 27 points

    Williams chipped in 27 points (9-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals over 36 minutes during Thursday's 113-110 win over Milwaukee.

    Williams was forced to handle a massive workload due to the absence of John Konchar (quadriceps), Luke Kennard (knee) and others, but he stepped up to the challenge and responded by posting a career-best scoring mark. Williams has handled a bench role most of the season and has racked up just 10 starts, averaging 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in those contests. However, given Memphis' injury problems, it wouldn't be surprising if Williams is trusted into a more significant role following the All-Star break.

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  • Grizzlies' Jordan Goodwin: Enters starting lineup

    Goodwin is starting Thursday's game against Milwaukee.

    Goodwin will get a chance to run with the first unit while the Grizzlies deal with a slew of injuries. Marcus Smart (finger), Derrick Rose (ankle) and Scotty Pippen (back) are all out, so Goodwin is in line for plenty of opportunities to show what he can do.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Gets chance to start

    Williams is starting Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    Williams logged 22 minutes Wednesday in his first action since Jan. 28, and he may be in line for a heavier workload Thursday with John Konchar (quadriceps) ruled out. Williams is averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists through 44 matchups this season.

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  • Grizzlies' Trey Jemison: Starting vs. Milwaukee

    Jemison will start at center in Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    After sitting out Wednesday's win over the Rockets while the Grizzlies managed his active games total as a two-way player, Jemison will get an opportunity to start in the Grizzlies' final game before the All-Star break with Jaren Jackson (quadricep) out of commission. Jemison will be making his third start of the season, with his most recent one coming back on Feb. 6 against the Knicks.

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  • Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson: Won't play Thursday

    Jackson (quad) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bucks, Jonah Dylan of Memphis News reports.

    Jackson's minutes will be absorbed by GG Jackson, Trey Jemison, Santi Aldama and Lamar Stevens. Jackson should be good to go for the Grizzlies' first game out of the All-Star break Feb. 23 versus the Clippers.

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  • Grizzlies' John Konchar: Officially ruled out

    Konchar (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bucks, Jonah Dylan of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Konchar was doubtful for Thursday's matchup due to a quadriceps contusion, so his status isn't particularly surprising. He'll have over a week to rest during the All-Star break before the Grizzlies face the Clippers on Feb. 23.

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  • Grizzlies' Luke Kennard: Ruled out for Thursday

    Kennard (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bucks, Jonah Dylan of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Derrick Rose (ankle) and Scotty Pippen (back) will join Kennard on the sideline Thursday, so Memphis will be thin at the guard spots tonight. If Jacob Gilyard isn't called up from the G League in time for Thursday's game, Jordan Goodwin could get all the run he can handle as Memphis' starting point guard.

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  • Grizzlies' Jake LaRavia: Still out

    LaRavia (ankle) won't play in Thursday's game versus the Bucks.

    LaRavia will miss his 17th straight game Thursday due to a left ankle sprain. While there is no timetable for LaRavia's return, his next chance to suit up will come after the All-Star break on Feb. 23 against the Clippers.

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  • Grizzlies' Scotty Pippen: Remains sidelined

    Pippen (back) is out for Thursday's game versus the Bucks.

    Pippen will miss his second straight contest Thursday due to lower back soreness. His next chance to suit up will come after the All-Star break on Feb. 23 against the Clippers.

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  • Grizzlies' Derrick Rose: Won't play Thursday

    Rose has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bucks due to right ankle soreness.

    Rose was available Wednesday against Houston and tallied eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes. However, he'll sit out the second half of the back-to-back set and will have some additional time to rest ahead of the All-Star break. Jordan Goodwin could see increased run Thursday.

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  • Grizzlies' John Konchar: Unlikely to play Thursday

    Konchar is doubtful for Thursday's game versus the Bucks due to a left quadriceps contusion.

    Konchar played 20 minutes Wednesday night against Houston but will likely miss the second leg of Memphis's back-to-back Thursday. Konchar has started in the Grizzlies' last five outings, so Jordan Goodwin and Ziaire Williams will likely be relied upon to play extended minutes in his potential absence.

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  • Grizzlies' Luke Kennard: Iffy for Thursday

    Kennard is listed as questionable for Thursday's game versus the Bucks due to left knee soreness.

    After playing 30 minutes against Houston, Kennard is in danger of missing the second leg of Memphis' back-to-back Thursday. With Derrick Rose (ankle) and Scotty Pippen (back) out and Jacob Gilyard in the G League, the Grizzlies could be left very thin at point guard.

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  • Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson: Likely out against Milwaukee

    Jackson is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game versus the Bucks due to right quadriceps tendon soreness.

    Jackson is expected to sit out the second leg of Memphis' back-to-back Thursday due to a quadriceps injury. If Trey Jemison remains in the G League, the Grizzlies will be left very short-handed at center against Milwaukee.

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  • Grizzlies' Vince Williams: Another strong showing Wednesday

    Williams accumulated 12 points (1-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 10-12 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, one block and three steals in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 121-113 win over the Rockets.

    The second-year wing has scored in double digits in 15 straight games for the shorthanded Grizzlies, taking full advantage of his opportunity. Over that stretch, Williams is averaging 16.1 points, 6.3 boards, 4.8 assists, 2.1 threes and 1.5 steals, and despite being an unheralded second-round pick in the 2022 Draft, he appears to be establishing himself as a key piece of Memphis' core.

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Team Statistical Rankings

PTS/G OPP PTS/G
Team 107.1
(30th)
113.0
(12th)

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Jackson Jr. PF Jaren Jackson Jr. PF Quadriceps
D. Bane SG Desmond Bane SG Ankle
M. Smart PG Marcus Smart PG Finger
J. Morant PG Ja Morant PG Shoulder
L. Kennard SG Luke Kennard SG Knee

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