Not much has gone right for the Memphis Grizzlies during their current four-game losing streak. Though still rolling out a lineup flush with impressive talents such as Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane, Taylor Jenkins’ club has struggled mightily to keep up with their opponents and has been marred by injuries to start their 2023-24 season.
Fortunately, however, heading into their Wednesday night outing against the Utah Jazz, it appears their fortunes may be slightly turning as they’re in line to get one of their recent absentees back, which could prove to be a major boon in many ways.
Grizzlies expected to get Luke Kennard back for Wednesday’s game vs Jazz
Following a blow to the face during their opening night bout against the New Orleans Pelicans back on October 25, Luke Kennard has remained sidelined while being observed in the league’s concussion protocol.
After missing three straight games, it appears the veteran is finally eligible to return to action, as he has officially been taken off the injury report.
To this point in time, the Grizzlies have struggled mightily with their bench unit’s offensive punch, as they boast the second-worst scoring averages in the association with just 22.5 points per game while shooting an abysmal 35.8 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from deep.
Getting the career 43.6 percent long-range sniper could go on to have a major impact on the Grizzlies, both within their reserve rotation as well as for the team as a whole.
Derrick Rose joins Santi Aldama as being ruled out for Grizzlies vs Jazz
While Kennard was finally just taken off the league’s official injury report, the Grizzlies now have one of their other key bench talents placed on it as veteran Derrick Rose has surprisingly been diagnosed with a left knee soreness.
Per Memphis’ PR team via X (formerly known as Twitter), Rose has been ruled out for the upcoming contest against Utah, having him join Santi Aldama who has yet to suit up this season as he continues to deal with a nagging right ankle sprain.
Player absences for the Utah Jazz
As things currently stand, the only two players who have been ruled out for the Jazz for Wednesday’s game are rookies Taylor Hendricks and Brice Sensabaugh, both of whom have been listed “on assignment” with the club’s G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars.