The Memphis Grizzlies’ already-disappointing start to their Orlando bubble tenure just got even worse.
Memphis forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. has torn his meniscus in his left knee and is out for the rest of the season, the franchise announced late Tuesday. Jackson Jr. suffered the injury in Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans and is expected to make a full recovery.
The bleak news cast further gloom on a Grizzlies NBA restart run that has been rough at best. Memphis is 0-3 since the season rebooted in Orlando, with its most recent loss a 109-99 decision to the Pelicans.
The Grizzlies have fallen to the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs as well in the past week.
Jackson Jr.’s absence could have a highly adverse effect on the team. He is the Grizzlies’ second-leading scorer with 17.4 points-per-game and also leads the roster with 1.6 blocks-per-contest.
If Memphis is to have any hope of saving its season, it will have to address Jackson Jr.’s injury before it is too late.