The Memphis Grizzlies saw small forward Dillon Brooks leave Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers with an ankle injury. Brooks had recently been cleared from the league’s health and safety protocols and was looking to continue a strong season.
Dillon Brooks injury updates
January 9: Brooks is expected to be sidelined for 3-5 weeks with an ankle sprain, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN Sources: After suffering a left ankle sprain, Memphis Grizzlies G/F Dillon Brooks is expected to minimally miss three-to-five weeks -- and could stay sidelined through the mid-February All-Star break. Brooks was injured in Memphis' victory over the Clippers on Saturday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 9, 2022
Look for Desmond Bane and Ziaire Williams to take on a bigger role with Brooks sidelined, The Grizzlies might also slip in the standings a bit, although they’ve done well when faced with injury adversity.
Brooks won’t try the ankle Saturday, which means the next update will come Sunday ahead of Memphis’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fantasy basketball impact
With Brooks sidelined, look for Desmond Bane to continue emerging as a key player for Memphis. With Ja Morant also dealing with injury issues, Jaren Jackson Jr. becomes the team’s top scoring option so he’ll get a boost as well. It also looks like Ziaire Williams will get some run in Brooks’ spot, as he starts the second half for the injured small forward.
The Grizzlies have dealt with injuries well this season and remain one of the better teams in the West. Depending on how long Brooks is out for, it’s hard to bet against Memphis in the short-term future. The team’s long-term prospects take a significant hit if Brooks is out for an extended period of time.