Grizzlies Suffer Tough Blow as Marcus Smart Sidelined with Foot Injury
The Memphis Grizzlies’ veteran point guard Marcus Smart is set to miss three to five weeks due to a left foot injury. This unfortunate news comes at a bad time for the Grizzlies, who are already struggling early in the season.
Smart sustained the injury during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers last week and subsequent MRI scans revealed a left foot strain. The team had high hopes for Smart, who they acquired from the Boston Celtics in the offseason, to help steer the team through a difficult period with their All-Star point guard Ja Morant serving a 25-game suspension.
The Grizzlies have had a rough start to the season, going 3-10, and are currently tied for last place in the Western Conference. Morant is eligible to return on December 19, but the team will have to get through 12 more games without him. Smart is also expected to be sidelined until the end of December, leaving the team in a tough spot.
Despite the setbacks, the Grizzlies added veterans Derrick Rose and Marcus Smart in the offseason to bring stability and leadership to the team. Smart, known for his defensive prowess, was averaging 12.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game in the 11 games he played this season. However, with Smart out and Rose dealing with his own health issues, the Grizzlies face additional challenges.
In the absence of Smart, the team looks to players like John Konchar, Jacob Gilyard, and Vince Williams to step up and fill the void. However, the team will need to regroup and find a way to continue competing in Morant’s absence.
Despite their rough start, the Grizzlies are seeking a third-straight Southwest Division title, but their slow start has seen their odds slip in the betting market. The team will have to find a way to bounce back in the coming weeks as they face an uphill battle in the tough Western Conference.