The Memphis Grizzlies frontcourt depth gets even thinner as the team reports that rookie forward Brandon Clarke (Vancouver, B.C.) will be re-evaluated in two weeks with a right quadriceps injury.
The @memgrizz today provided a medical update on Brandon Clarke. pic.twitter.com/uhZHhXxyby- Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) February 26, 2020
In the Grizzlies' loss to the LA Clippers on Monday, Clarke left the game in the first quarter with a hip injury and never returned. The injury comes at a devastating time, as Clarke was filling in as an interim starter for Jaren Jackson Jr., who will also be re-evaluated in two weeks with a sprained left knee.
Clarke was looking to step into a bigger role in Jackson's absence after posting solid numbers in limited playing time as a rookie. The Canadian forward had averaged 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.7 minutes through his first 50 games, but his per 36 stats of 20.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks showcases his true potential.
Memphis is fighting to hang on to the Western Conference's No. 8 seed, owning a 2.5-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers and a three-game lead over the New Orleans Pelicans. The Grizzlies are win-less since the All-Star break, losing games to the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.
Memphis will be put to the test again on Wednesday when they travel to Houston to take on the surging Rockets, who have won four games in a row.