Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks to miss start of regular season due to left hand injury
The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Brooks will miss at least two to three weeks to continue recovering from a fractured left hand.
"After undergoing imaging pursuant to the normal course of return-to-play protocol, it was determined that in the best interest of the long-term healing of the fracture in Dillon’s left hand, additional treatment should be undertaken at this time," the team said in a statement.
Brooks will miss between three to seven games in the regular season based on the team's recovery window. He's out for the season opener at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 20 as well the team's first two road games at the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers (Oct. 23-24).
The Grizzlies also face the Portland Trailblazers and Golden State Warriors in a road back-to-back games (Oct. 27-28) before coming home to face the Miami Heat (Oct. 30) and Denver Nuggets (Nov. 1).
Brooks, who averaged 17.2 points last season, said at media day that he was good to go for training camp after missing eight weeks with his hand injury. He added that broke his hand in two spots during a practice and showed up to NBA Summer League in Las Vegas wearing a cast.
However, it was soreness in his right thigh that kept him out of the team's first four preseason games. Brooks was not seen wearing any bandages on his hand while on the sidelines at FedExForum.
Brooks wasn't just the Grizzlies' second-leading scorer but he guarded the opposing team's best player while being one of the team's emotional leaders. The fifth-year guard has also been one of the more durable players under coach Taylor Jenkins, missing just five games in two seasons.
With him out, the Grizzlies experimented in the preseason by starting Desmond Bane with various combinations. Through four games, he's averaged 13.8 points on 43.5% 3-point shooting.
Bane could remain a starter in Brooks' absence after he started 17 games in his rookie season. The Grizzlies could also start De'Anthony Melton. Bane and Melton started the first two games, which were both wins.
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