Dillon Brooks injury update: Grizzlies forward to miss at least 3-5 weeks with sprained ankle, report says

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The Memphis Grizzlies made history Saturday night with a 123-108 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, extending their current franchise-record eight-game winning streak. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news for the Grizzlies.

Veteran forward Dillon Brooks left with an ankle injury early in the second quarter and did not return to the game. And he won’t be back anytime soon. Brooks will miss at least three to five weeks with a sprained ankle and could be out until after the all-star break in mid-February, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

With just over 11 minutes to go in the second quarter, Brooks came out on the quick break and tried to get to the edge. As he was completing the final leg of his training, he landed on Brandon Boston Jr.’s foot and rolled his ankle. His foot turned completely inward and Brooks winced in pain before he even touched the ground. Brooks couldn’t put pressure on his leg once he stood up and had to be helped by his teammates to get up.

It’s a truly unfortunate break for Brooks, who had just returned to training after going through health and safety protocols. The game against the Clippers was only his second game after missing six games against COVID-19. Brooks also missed the first 10 games of the season with a broken hand.

Despite all the injuries, Brooks was in the midst of the best season of his career. His 18.4 points (second on the team behind Ja Morant), 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.3 steals per game are all career highs, and he is one of the most successful full backs. stubborn league. His score, tenacity and versatility were a big part of the Grizzlies’ 27-14 start, which puts them in fourth place in the Western Conference.

If there is one bright side for the Grizzlies, it’s that they have arguably the strongest team in the league. People like Desmond Bane, De’Anthony Melton, Tyus Jones, and Kyle Anderson are all more than capable of playing bigger roles while Brooks is away. They’ll need Brooks to come back and operate 100% by the time of the playoffs, but during the regular season they can get by without him.

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