Green is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a high ankle sprain/bone bruise, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports.
It was recently announced that Green would miss several weeks, so this is just further clarification on a more concrete timeline. Three-to-four weeks puts a return roughly in mid-November, though high ankle sprains can be a bit hard to predict, so that could certainly change depending on how Green's rehab goes moving forward. Chandler Parsons appears to be a candidate to start at the four in a smaller lineup, though coach David Fizdale could go with a guy like Jarell Martin if he'd rather keep Parsons in a bench role.
Green is expected to be out several weeks with a sprained left ankle, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Green underwent an MRI Thursday morning, and it came back clean, so there is no damage beyond the sprain. Without an exact timetable for a return, Green should be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. In his absence, the Grizzlies could elect to go small and use Chandler Parsons as their starting power forward, or they could go a more traditional route and play 23-year-old Jarell Martin at the four. Regardless, both players should see an increase in minutes with Green out of the lineup.
Green will undergo an MRI on his injured left ankle Thursday, David Aldridge of Turner Sports reports.
Green rolled his ankle in the first quarter of Wednesday's game and had to be helped off the floor. He didn't return, finishing with just two points (1-2 FG), one rebound and one assist in four minutes of action. There should be a clearer idea regarding the severity of the injury following Thursday's tests.
Green suffered a left ankle injury during Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans and will not return.
Green had to be helped off the floor after rolling his ankle and the Grizzlies wasted no time ruling him out for the rest of the game. He'll finish Wednesday's contest playing just four minutes, posting two points (1-2 FG), one rebound and one assist. The exact severity of the ankle injury remains unclear, though Green will likely have more tests performed following the game, which should give us a better indication on whether or not he'll miss more time. Green can be considered highly questionable for Saturday's game against the Warriors in the meantime.
After his contract situation was resolved in late September and he returned to the Grizzlies on a two-year, $17 million pact, Green's standing with the top unit was never in much question, especially after Zach Randolph reunited with former Memphis head coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento this summer. With Randolph out of the picture, Green's top challengers for minutes at power forward will likely be Chandler Parsons, Jarell Martin and Ivan Rabb, but health issues have limited the effectiveness of the former two players the last two seasons, while the rookie Rabb's inexperience could hurt his case for playing meaningful minutes right away. With that in mind, Green could take on an even more sizable workload in 2017-18 after averaging 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game -- all career highs -- last season.
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