The Memphis Grizzlies will be without forward Jaren Jackson Jr. for the remainder of the NBA restart, including any potential playoff games, the team announced on Tuesday.
Per the team’s press release:
In Monday’s game against the Pelicans, Jaren Jackson Jr. experienced an unstable landing after making contact with an opposing player while contesting a shot. Subsequent medical evaluation revealed a meniscus tear in his left knee, which will cause him to miss the remainder of the season. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The Grizzlies are 0-3 in the Orlando bubble with five seeding games remaining, but still hold a two-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth and final playoff spot. Any scenario in which the ninth place team in the Western Conference finishes within four games of the eighth seed would trigger a play-in miniseries.
Jackson was averaging 25 points a night over the three game stretch, including a 33-point performance in the team’s loss to the Blazers last week. For the season, he finishes with a 17.4 scoring average over 57 games. The second-year man missed time at the end of last season due to a thigh injury.