November 30, 2023

Grizzlies’ Marcus Smart out 3-5 weeks with left foot sprain

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Grizzlies guard Marcus Smart will miss three to 5 weeks with a sprained left foot, including to Memphis’ already prolonged damage record.

The Grizzlies supplied extra particulars about Smart’s damage Friday. The guard and the 2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, acquired by way of a commerce this offseason, damage his foot Tuesday night time in a loss on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Smart ranks third on the Grizzlies scoring 12.5 factors a sport. He additionally leads Memphis with 5 assists and two steals per sport, and he had been considered one of solely 4 Grizzlies to play every of the primary 11 video games with Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr. and David Roddy.

Memphis already has two-time All-Star guard Ja Morant suspended for the primary 25 video games this season, and middle Steven Adams was dominated out earlier than the season began needing surgical procedure for a knee first damage final January. Brandon Clarke is busy recovering from a left Achilles tendon torn final March.

The Grizzlies additionally declared out Xavier Tillman Sr. with a left knee damage, Luke Kennard with a bone bruise in his left knee and rookie GG Jackson II (two-way switch) for Saturday night time’s sport at San Antonio. But guard Derrick Rose is questionable after lacking seven video games with an injured left knee.

Memphis, the No. 2 seed within the Western Conference every of the previous two seasons, at present is final within the West with a 2-9 file.

Smart, who had performed his whole profession with the Boston Celtics previous to touchdown in Memphis, would have confronted his former workforce this upcoming Sunday at FedEx Forum.

Morant is eligible to return from his suspension on Dec. 19 towards the New Orleans Pelicans. That could be simply over 4 weeks into the timeline Memphis gave for Smart’s anticipated return.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.