Jaren Jackson Jr. to make season debut vs Clippers

Jaren jackson Jr. Ja Morant, Grizzlies


After an underrated rookie year and breakout sophomore season as Ja Morant’s primary running mate, Memphis Grizzlies forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. was forced to watch his team from the sidelines for all of 2020-21 after tearing his meniscus in the Orlando bubble.

The Grizzlies have been functioning alright without him, but are absolutely fighting for their lives this late in the season (29-27), treading water above .500 and in a dogfight at the bottom of the Western Conference’s playoff picture. With only 16 games left in the season, and the 8th seed no longer secure this year with the play-in tournament, Memphis is desperately hoping for some sort of pick-me-up as they head towards the finish line.
Well, it’s all going to be okay, Memphis. The cavalry is coming. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. will make his season debut tonight vs. the Clippers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 22, 2021

Jackson was part of one of the league’s most underrated one-two punches last year, as the sweet shooting big to Ja Morant’s explosive drives into the lane. Through just two seasons in the league, he is already shooting 48% from the field (38% from three) for his career, with startlingly good efficiency (16.3 career PER). Add to that his incredible height (6’11) and wingspan, Jackson will add a unique aspect to this offense that they’ve been missing from their bigs. Throw in nearly two blocks per game, and the Grizzlies will be getting a solid two-way player back.
This game and matchup are both great for Jackson to get back in the game, too. The Clippers are missing a true lead big, and Serge Ibaka is old and ailing. Jackson will get to test himself against a top seeded team without being too challenged at his position. We’ll see what he and the Grizzlies are able to do.


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