Grizzlies’ Steven Adams Out 3-5 Weeks After Knee Damage Recognized as PCL Sprain

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The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that heart Steven Adams is anticipated to overlook three-to-five weeks with a PCL sprain in his proper knee, an damage suffered throughout the workforce’s 112-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Damichael Cole of the Industrial Enchantment supplied extra perception on Adams, who’s averaging 8.6 factors on 59.7 % taking pictures, a career-high 11.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per recreation:

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC

The damage for Steven Adams occurred on the ultimate play of the sport in opposition to the Phoenix Suns. I noticed him limping fairly closely yesterday.

Instantly, Xavier Tillman Sr.’s position simply obtained lots bigger because the No. 1 rebounding workforce within the NBA is lacking among the best within the recreation.

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC

You may’t simply change this. Steven Adams is a serious loss, however the Grizzlies have gained at occasions with out the opposite 4 starters. The three-to-5 week timeline places a possible Adams return across the All-Star break.

The 29-year-old has performed 42 video games (all begins) for the Grizzlies, who sit second within the Western Convention with a 31-16 document.

He’s missed 5 video games to this point. Brandon Clarke began for him within the first three, however Xavier Tillman Jr. took over for the final two. Tillman notably began Tuesday and had 10 factors and 6 rebounds in Memphis’ 133-100 loss to the Sacramento Kings. For the season, he’s averaging 4.7 factors and three.0 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per recreation.

Mo Dakhil of Bleacher Report and The Athletic additionally famous that Jaren Jackson Jr. might see much more time at heart:

Mo Dakhil @MoDakhil_NBA

That Steven Adams information sucks, prepare for a ton of JJJ on the 5. May be good reps for him for the playoffs.

Jackson, who’s squarely discovered himself within the Defensive Participant of the 12 months race, has posted 16.2 factors, 6.6 rebounds and three.3 blocks in 26.4 minutes per recreation.

The deep and proficient Grizzlies might have sufficient assets to beat Adams’ loss, however the proficient and difficult heart will nonetheless be missed within the lineup, particularly given his super season.

Memphis will transfer ahead with out him for now, with its subsequent recreation taking place Wednesday on the Golden State Warriors.