Smith scored five points (1-2 FG, 3-4 FT) to go along with one rebound and one steal in 13 minutes during the Grizzlies' 100-84 loss versus the Warriors on Wednesday. The newly acquired Mario Chalmers was not yet ready to make his debut on Wednesday, so Smith stepped up to the plate as Mike Conley's primary backup. Smith has averaged six minutes per game while appearing in only five of the team's nine contests this season, and with Chalmers now ahead of him on the Grizzlies' depth chart instead of Beno Udrih, Smith's minutes may be even more limited going forward.
Grizzlies guard Russ Smith (ankle) returned to game action Monday, collecting a point (1-2 FT), an assist, and two rebounds over 11 minutes in Monday's 91-81 victory over the Cavs. While the stat line was certainly not noteworthy, it was encouraging to see Smith return to the court after missing only one game due to his ankle injury. The sophomore point guard is vying to build on an impressive summer league stint and a strong exhibition opener Oct. 6 against the Rockets that saw him amass 12 points in 21 minutes of action. Smith will presumably battle veteran Beno Udrih the remainder of the preseason for the backup point guard job behind starter Mike Conley.
Smith sat out the Grizzlies' second preseason game due to an ankle ailment, Kevin Lipe of the Memphis Flyer reports. Smith scored 12 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in the Grizzlies' preseason opener versus the Rockets before sitting out Thursday's contest versus Maccabi Haifa from Israel. Smith was spectacular in the summer league, but turned the ball over four times while shooting 25 percent from the field against the Rockets. It was only one game, but coupled with the early injury concerns, it seems unlikely Smith is in position to overtake veteran Beno Udrih for the lead backup role behind Mike Conley.
Grizzlies guard Russ Smith has been assigned to the NBA Development League on Tuesday, the team announced. Smith has played in 15 games in the D-League and averages 19.5 points, 3.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds.
The Grizzlies announced they recalled forward Jarnell Stokes and guard Russ Smith from the NBA Development League on Thursday. The Grizzlies are shorthanded for Thursday's game at Washington with Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol all sidelined. The Grizzlies are 8 1/2-point underdogs.
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