10:53 PM Tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers will proceed without Marcus Smart, who is sidelined due to a left ankle injury. Luke Kennard is also doubtful to return against Lakers.
Smart is now part of the extensive list of Grizzlies players unable to play. Adams is recovering from right knee PCL surgery, Clarke is undergoing left Achilles tendon repair, Jackson II is engaged in a two-way transfer, LaRavia is on a G League assignment, Morant faces a league suspension, and Rose is in the process of recovering from a long-term knee injury.
10:22 PM : There’s doubt surrounding Marcus Smart’s return to Tuesday’s game against the Lakers due to a left ankle issue.
Marcus Smart suffered an ankle injury upon landing on Austin Reaves’ foot, requiring assistance from teammates to leave the court without putting weight on his left leg.
Marcus Smart headed to the locker room after suffering ankle injury, ouch ! pic.twitter.com/Bn3Vn2AFNU
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Before exiting the game, Smart notched 3 points, an assist, and a rebound in a brief 9-minute stint.
The status is doubtful, offering a glimmer of hope compared to an immediate ruling out, suggesting a potential shorter absence even if he doesn’t make a comeback in this match.
Jacob Gilyard is expected to take on increased playmaking duties for the remainder of the game, while Luke Kennard will step in for some of the minutes.