After spraining his left ankle, Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks is expected to miss a minimum of three to five weeks, and could remain out until the All-Star break in mid-February. sources told ESPN on Sunday.
Brooks, the Grizzlies’ second leading scorer with 18.4 points per game, injured his ankle in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Brooks is considered a huge part, both offensively and defensively, of the fourth-seeded Grizzlies in the Western Conference.
Memphis (27-14) has won eight straight games before Sunday night’s game with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brooks had returned Thursday with a victory over Detroit after having entered COVID-19 protocols on December 26.
Brooks, 25, has been one of the Grizzlies’ outstanding player development stories under the direction of coach Taylor Jenkins and general manager Zach Kleiman. He was the 45th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, hailing from Oregon, and has averaged 14.4 points in his NBA career, including career-best 18.4, as a starter this season.