2023-24 has undoubtably been a season to forget for the Memphis Grizzlies.
From their slew of key player absences to their lackluster 14-23 record through 37 games played, this team that clinched back-to-back Southwest Division Championships over the last two years has quickly fallen off a cliff and the depths of their current plummet seems to know no bounds.
Perhaps the biggest theme for this season's Grizzlies team has been injuries, as they've seen countless players sidelined during these first few months due to health-related ailments, many of whom are expected to remain sidelined for a large portion or, for some, the entirety of these remaining three months of play.
This week alone we've already received perhaps the most devastating news of the year, as Ja Morant has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign as he opts to undergo surgery to repair a labrum tear in his right shoulder.
However, less than 72 hours later, Memphis was hit with even more devastating news that veteran guard Marcus Smart is expected to be out "approximately six weeks" due to a "severe right ring finger injury."
To say the Grizzlies have been hit with unfathomable bad luck in regard to the health department would be an extreme understatement and it seems that fans of the franchise are now making predictions on what will be coming next.
Grizzlies fans flood social media following Marcus Smart injury update
On X (formerly Twitter), one fan crafted a post poking fun at how Desmond Bane is essentially the only non-injured key player on the Grizzlies at the moment.
Another went in a bit of a different direction, claiming that they're "ready" to get the surprise news that Bane will also find himself sidelined for an extended period, joking that it very well could be due to a mundane reason like a "sore toe."
Along with the stud guard, Jaren Jackson Jr. is a player who also finds himself trending on the social media platform. One user would go on to take notice of the fact that the big has already been sidelined for the last two games (knee) and, in turn, suggested that they are now preparing for a worst-case-scenario report on his availability moving forward.
One fan went on to look at Memphis' projected game-day payroll for their upcoming Friday night bout against the LA Clippers and highlighted the specific financial details behind the number of missing players they could very well have.
As of this writing, the Grizzlies currently find themselves heading into Friday's game against the Clippers with a potential total of seven players on the injury report, four of whom are expected to be sidelined through at least the All-Star break and even beyond.