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Grizzlies' Luke Kennard: Still 2-to-3 weeks from returning
Kennard is expected to return in 2-to-3 weeks as he overcomes a bone bruise in his left knee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Kennard has missed the Grizzlies' past eight contests after suffering the bone bruise during a loss to the Lakers on Nov.14. The 27-year-old will miss Memphis' next five games if he returns on the early end of his expected timeline, which approximately aligns him with Ja Morant's return from suspension. A limited workload of Derrick Rose (ankle) and 10-day signee Jaylen Nowell have joined Desmond Bane in supporting Memphis' backcourt of late, but the eventual return of Kennard will be a huge factor in improving the Grizzlies' 33.2 percent three-point shooting as a team, which ranks last in the league.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Jaylen Nowell: Gets another 10-day contract
Nowell agreed Sunday with the Grizzlies on a second 10-day hardship contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Nowell has appeared in five games with the Grizzlies after the league granted Memphis two hardship exceptions to combat the team's injury woes. The 24-year-old has seen his playing time progressively increase over his five contests with Memphis and is averaging 6.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists in 18.6 minutes per game. Nowell's new 10-day deal will keep him under contract for Memphis' next three games, and he could continue to occupy a spot in the rotation until the Grizzlies regain some health or get Ja Morant back from his 25-game suspension to open the season.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Vince Williams: Decent output off bench Saturday
Williams supplied 12 points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds and two assists over 30 minutes during Saturday's 116-109 loss to Phoenix.
Williams was one of the few bright spots for Memphis outside of Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson, and he made his presence felt while logging an expanded role off the bench. Williams has scored in double digits in his last two outings, and he could be in line for a bigger role with the second unit over the upcoming games.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson: Thrives on offense Saturday
Jackson totaled 37 points (13-21 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 9-10 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal over 35 minutes during Saturday's 116-109 loss to Phoenix.
Jackson has made a name for himself in the NBA as an elite defensive presence, but he stood out as a scoring threat in this one. This 37-point output represented one of the best scoring performances of his entire career, and while he's not expected to carry the offense on a regular basis going forward, he has proven he can put up strong offensive numbers when called upon duty. Jackson is averaging 18.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.4 blocks per game over his last five contests.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Efficient in loss to Phoenix
Bane closed Saturday's 116-109 loss to the Suns with 27 points (10-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, five assists, one block and two steals over 30 minutes.
Bane was one of the team's best players in this game, but his efforts were not enough to lift the Grizzlies to victory against one of the top contenders in the Western Conference. Bane has stepped up to play as Memphis' main offensive threat in the absence of Ja Morant (suspension), and the numbers back that up. Bane is averaging a career-best 23.8 points per game while surpassing the 20-point mark in five of his last eight outings.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Jaylen Nowell: Enters starting lineup
Nowell will move into the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Suns, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Derrick Rose (ankle) is sitting out Saturday, but the Grizzlies will roll with Nowell instead of Jacob Gilyard. However, it's more likely that Desmond Bane handles most of the playmaking for the Grizzlies. Nowell made a strong impression on Friday versus the Mavericks, scoring 19 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two three-pointers.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Will not play
Williams (illness) will not play in Saturday's game against the Suns, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Williams was previously carrying a doubtful tag, so it's not a surprise to see this update. The Grizzlies are very thin these days, so they'll likely use a committee approach to soak up the available minutes. John Konchar, David Roddy and Santi Aldama are some of the candidates to see increased minutes.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Derrick Rose: Ruled out Saturday
Rose (ankle) will not play in Saturday's game against the Suns, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Saturday's game is the second leg of a back-to-back set, and Rose played 20 minutes Friday versus the Mavericks. With Rose getting the night off, Jacob Gilyard will likely replace him in the first unit.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Listed as doubtful
Williams is considered doubtful for Saturday's matchup with the Suns due to an illness.
Williams will need a quick turnaround in order to get the green light and does not appear to be trending in that direction. Still, final word on his status is unlikely until closer to tipoff. Should he indeed sit out, some combination of John Konchar, David Roddy and Santi Aldama figure to eat up his minutes.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Derrick Rose: Deemed doubtful
Rose has been given a doubtful designation for Saturday's game against Suns due to a left ankle sprain.
Rose is seemingly trending toward sitting out this contest, but that will not be confirmed until closer to game time. Should that be the case, Jacob Gilyard will be the likely candidate to replace him at point guard.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Xavier Tillman: Delivers defensively in return
Tillman (knee) scored four points (2-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt) and added two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 22 minutes in Friday's 108-94 win over Dallas.
Tillman made his return to action after sitting out the Grizzlies' previous six games while recovering from a left knee injury. Though his season-long shooting struggles continued -- he's now converting at just a 41.4 percent clip from the field through eight appearances -- Tillman was able to offset the poor offensive output by shining on the defensive end. Bismack Biyombo remains the Grizzlies' starting center for now, but Tillman could eventually overtake him for the top spot on the depth chart once the knee injury is further in the rear-view mirror.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Vince Williams: Teases double-double Friday
Williams finished Friday's 108-94 win over the Mavericks with 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt), nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 26 minutes off the bench.
The minutes were a season high for Williams, and he nearly turned them into his first career double-double. The second-year forward remains stuck at the end of the bench most nights, but with Marcus Smart (foot) and Luke Kennard (knee) both likely out another week or so, Williams could get further opportunities to prove himself to the coaching staff.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Jaylen Nowell: Drops season-high 19
Nowell registered 19 points (8-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal over 26 minutes off the bench during Friday's 108-94 win over the Mavericks.
The Grizzlies got contributions from unusual sources Friday as Desmond Bane was the only starter to score more than six points. Nowell saw his first extended action in four games since joining the team and produced his best offensive performance since he scored 51 combined points over back-to-back contests for Minnesota in February of last season. The 2019 second-round pick has shown he's capable of getting hot for short periods, and with Marcus Smart (foot) and Luke Kennard (knee) both unlikely to be back until next weekend, there could be minutes available for Nowell in the short term.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Santi Aldama: Double-double off bench
Aldama had 17 points (7-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal over 33 minutes off the bench during Friday's 108-94 win over Dallas.
Only four Memphis players even scored in double digits on the night, and Aldama parlayed his efficient offense into his third double-double of the season. The third-year big has supplied more than 10 points in seven of the last eight contests, averaging 17.5 points, 7.1 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.1 threes and 0.8 blocks over that stretch as he moves into a significant role in the Grizzlies' depleted frontcourt.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Carries team to win
Bane closed with 30 points (11-20 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), four rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal over 34 minutes during Friday's 108-94 win over the Mavericks.
The fourth-year guard not only led all scorers on the night, but he was a one-man wrecking crew for Memphis, as the rest of the starting lineup combined for only 20 points. Bane is on track to set new career highs in points (23.6), assists (5.2), steals (1.3) and made threes (3.3) per game, but his career-high 29.3 percent usage rate -- a top-20 figure in the NBA this season -- will almost certainly come down once Ja Morant (suspension) returns in a few weeks.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Xavier Tillman: Set to play Friday
Tillman (knee) is available for Friday's game versus the Mavericks.
Tillman has been upgraded from questionable to available Friday after missing the previous six games with a left knee injury. Tillman is averaging 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 25.9 minutes across his first seven appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
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