Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies announce Dillon Brooks will miss start of season with hand injury

The Memphis Grizzlies will be without starting shooting guard Dillon Brooks (Mississauga, ON) to begin the 2021-22 season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Brooks fractured his left hand over the summer, requiring eight weeks of rest to allow the injury to heal. When the Canadian guard underwent imaging normal to "the return-to-play protocol," it revealed it would be in the best interest of his long-term healing to receive additional treatment.

The Grizzlies said Brooks will be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks, meaning he will miss at least the first week of the season and potentially the second.

This comes as a minor setback to the 25-year-old, who is coming off of a breakout season last year. In his fourth year in the league, Brooks began to make a name for himself as an intense on-ball defender and quality perimeter shooter.

He averaged a career-high 17.2 points to go with 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 34.4 percent from 3. He started in all 67 games for Memphis, most notably ramping up his play on the defensive end during the Play-In Tournament, where the Grizzlies needed back-to-back wins to make the NBA Playoffs.

Brooks did a fantastic job containing DeMar DeRozan to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, then gave All-Star guard Stephen Curry all he could handle to help Memphis advance out of the Play-In and into the playoffs.

Brooks will likely resume his place in the starting lineup once he is cleared to play. Stick with NBA.com for more updates on the Canadian's injury.

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