Details of Marcus Smart‘s injury were disclosed by the Grizzlies on Friday, revealing that the 2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year sustained the injury during Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Memphis Grizzlies Marcus Smart is set to sit out three to five weeks due to a sprained left foot, intensifying the team’s existing injury challenges
Despite being a recent addition through an offseason trade, Marcus Smart has quickly become a crucial player for the Grizzlies, contributing an average of 12.5 points per game. Additionally, he leads the team with five assists and two steals per game. Notably, Marcus Smart had been one of only four Grizzlies to participate in all 11 games alongside Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and David Roddy.
This unfortunate development compounds Memphis’ injury woes, with star guard Ja Morant serving a suspension for the first 25 games and center Steven Adams sidelined due to knee surgery.
Brandon Clarke is recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon suffered in March
The Grizzlies, currently positioned at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 2-9 record are encountering further challenges as they prepare for their upcoming game against San Antonio. Key players Xavier Tillman Sr. and rookie GG Jackson II will be absent, and there’s uncertainty about Derrick Rose’s participation due to an injury that has already caused him to miss seven games. Once a No. 2 seed in the West for the past two seasons, it is struggling with a tough beginning to the current season.