Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Friday that he does not expect Jackson (thigh) to play again this season, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports. Given where the Grizzlies currently are in their season, it would have been a huge surprise to see Jackson play again after getting shut down back in February. But Bickerstaff's statement essentially confirms that the team is operating with the expectation of Jackson remaining out. Jackson had a promising rookie campaign when healthy, and he will likely be viewed as the centerpiece of the franchise heading into next season.
Jackson (thigh) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Warriors. Since Jackson was shut down following the All-Star break with a deep bruise in his right thigh, there haven't been any reports suggesting that the rookie big man is nearing a return to the court for practice. With the regular-season finale just two weeks away, it's looking increasingly unlikely that Jackson will play again in 2018-19. His ongoing absence will continue to keep more minutes open at power forward for the likes of Bruno Caboclo and Ivan Rabb.
Jackson is expected to miss extended time with a deep right thigh bruise, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Jackson was held out of Friday night's game, and the Grizzlies will exercise caution going forward with the No. 4 pick, who will remain out for the "foreseeable future," per Wojnarowski. The Grizzlies are, of course, not overly interested in winning basketball games the rest of the way, so there's little reason to bring Jackson back before he's absolutely ready. Bruno Caboclo moved into the starting five in Jackson's place Friday, and both he and Ivan Rabb should be set for increased minutes so long as the rookie remains sidelined.
Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Jackson is dealing with a deep bruise on his right quad, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Jackson apparently suffered the injury during Thursday's practice, and a subsequent MRI confirmed the severity of the issue. While Bickerstaff noted that the big man could probably play through the injury, the Grizzlies -- who are well out of playoff contention -- are planning to exercise caution with the rookie moving forward. With Jackson sidelined indefinitely, Ivan Rabb, Jonas Valanciunas (personal) and Bruno Caboclo are all candidates to benefit from increased playing time.
Jackson (quad) will be sidelined for the foreseeable future, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Jackson is nursing a right quad injury, and with the Grizzlies out of playoff contention, they are expected to exercise caution with him going forward. The Grizzlies have yet to give the rookie a timeline for a return, but it is unlikely to occur in the immediate future. His absence figures to free up playing time for Ivan Rabb and the recently acquired Jonas Valanciunas. Expect an update on his status once Memphis provides more clarity on the situation.
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