3. A tough time for Tyus
On Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies announced in a short social media post that guard Tyus Jones has been experiencing some knee soreness, and will be reevaluated in a week.
The injury comes at a horrible time for Tyus, as Memphis gears up to face the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow in their first NBA postseason seeding game. With how frequent the games will be in Orlando, as most teams will play every other day, Jones could miss at least half of Memphis’ seeding games; as the earliest that he could return is August 5th against the Utah Jazz.
Jones’ absence will be a difficult one for Memphis to deal with, but luckily they do have a number of players who could be shifted around to replace his minutes. Grayson Allen has shown a lot of potential in these seeding games, and failing that Josh Jackson could also step up to the plate.
Hopefully, Jones’ injury will not prove to be too severe, as he was standing out as one of the newer additions to the Grizzlies roster. Memphis brought on Jones in free agency after his former team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, declined to match their 3-year, $26.44 million offer sheet. This season Jones has averaged 7.4 points, 4.4 assists, 1.6 rebounds, and 0.9 steals on a shooting split of 45/37/49.