Ennis poured in nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and added three rebounds across 19 minutes in Wednesday's 101-89 preseason loss to the Rockets. The fourth-year forward continues to enjoy a rock-solid preseason, particularly from the field, as he's now shot 64.0 percent (16-for-25) over four exhibitions. Ennis typically offers a bit of everything when on the court, including some three-point production. He's likely to head back to the bench in the coming campaign as long as Chandler Parsons remains healthy, but given the latter's injury history, Ennis should still see some solid minutes off the second unit, as well as the occasional start when Parsons is given some maintenance days off.
Ennis posted nine points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), seven rebounds and one assist across 23 minutes during Wednesday's 110-89 victory over the 76ers. Ennis will likely come off the bench during the regular season, though could see sixth-man minutes on some nights depending on how much Chandler Parsons gets used at power forward. Last season, he posted 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds across 23.5 minutes per contest.
Ennis will start at small forward for Monday's preseason opener against the Magic. The Grizzlies are set to be without JaMychal Green (coach's decision) and Marc Gasol (ankle) during Monday's exhibition opener, so they'll go with a lineup that features Chandler Parsons at power forward, rather than his usual small forward spot. That allows Ennis to jump into the top unit at the three, though he'll be relegated back to a bench role by the time the regular season approaches. Still, he could have a short-term boost in value while working with the starters.
Ennis produced 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 29 minutes Thursday in a 103-96 loss to the Spurs in Game 6 of the series. After the Grizzlies took double-digit losses in the first two games of the series, Ennis ended up replacing Wayne Selden in the starting lineup. Ennis' promotion to the top unit seemed to help give the Grizzlies a bit of a lift, as the wing averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.0 assist in 28.0 minutes per game over the final four contests of the series. Ennis benefited from an increased workload in the postseason due to the absences of Tony Allen (leg) and Chandler Parsons (knee), but if the Grizzlies don't re-sign Allen this offseason, Ennis could be a candidate to open 2017-18 in a starting role.
Ennis totaled 12 points (4-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal over 20 minutes during Thursday's 105-94 win over the Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs. Ennis was part of the first-unit shakeup that coach David Fizdale opted to implement for Game 3, and he provided solid returns with a modest amount of playing time. The third-year swingman actually saw six fewer minutes than in Game 2 but was much more efficient, draining 66 percent of his shots and producing a series-high scoring total in the process. The player he displaced in the starting five, Wayne Selden, was productive off the bench as well, so Fizdale could opt to go with either on the first unit for Saturday's Game 4.
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