This is one WojBomb that hit every Grizzlies fan right in the gut. Over the course of the three NBA restart games he played in, Jaren Jackson Jr. was one of the lone offensive bright spots for the Grizzlies. The sophomore forward was averaging 25.3 points on 36% shooting from three during the Grizzlies’ trio of losses since entering the Orlando bubble.
In addition to his offensive contribution, Jackson also tallied 5 blocks for 1.7 per game. He was doing all of this on 25.3% usage, which was second on the team behind only rookie point guard Ja Morant.
The Grizzlies will clearly miss their bright young star, who was averaging 17.4 points per game on the season – roughly one sixth of the team’s 114 points per game. Jackson was having a breakout week in the Orlando, dazzling with his sharpshooting and stunning spin moves. He was really starting to reveal some of the scoring talent that he had sporadically showcased during since being drafted by Memphis two summers ago.
Sixth man Brandon Clarke will be called upon for increased minutes. The Clarke-Morant combo has linked up for several fantastic alley-oops plays in Orlando, so fans will be treated to more of that as we move forward through seeding games.
The Grizzlies are currently playing the Jazz as I hit publish on this and they sit with a game-and-a-half lead over the Trail Blazers for the last playoff spot in the West.