DEVELOPING: Dillon Brooks officially back from injury, starting March 13 vs OKC

Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 17: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Memphis Grizzlies warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on December 17, 2021 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Memphis Grizzlies star Dillon Brooks starting March 13 vs OKC Thunder

The Memphis Grizzlies announced March 13 that Dillon Brooks is returning to the floor when the team takes on the Oklahoma City Tunder.

The announcement came from the official Twitter account of the Memphis Grizzlies public relations team.

Dillon Brooks hasn’t been in the lineup since injuring his left ankle 64 days ago when the Grizzlies played against the LA Clippers at Arena.

The No. 45 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft has been an important piece for the Memphis Grizzlies not just this season but in seasons past.

The former Oregon Duck has competed in just 21 games this season. He missed the start of the season due to recovery from an offseason injury. He also missed several games in the winter due to being in Health & Safety Protocols.

The superb defender and scorer’s return to the court experienced a slight delay when Grizzlies GM Zach Kleiman announced he suffered a slight setback during his recovery.

But, the heart and soul of this team is officially back after a long absence. It is a bit of a surprise to see Head Coach Taylor Jenkins insert him in the starting lineup right away.

You usually see players come off the bench and gradually ramp-up before becoming a full fledged starter once again. However, the training staff and coaching staff must have confidence that Brooks will be able to handle it and compete at a high level.

This training staff has done an outstanding job of getting players “right” after suffering an injury or coming back from being in Health & Safety Protocols. Dillon Brooks will be no exception.

Brooks is averaging 18.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg this season for the Grizzlies.

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