Grizzlies’ Jackson Jr. suffers meniscus tear, out for season

Memphis Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) reacts after a play against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game. (Ashley Landis, Pool, AP)

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the NBA season, the team announced Tuesday.

The 20-year-old sophomore sustained the injury after making an unstable landing following an attempt to contest a shot in Monday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Jackson has been one of the highlights of the Grizzlies’ upstart season, acting as a core piece of the offence alongside Ja Morant.

Presently, the Grizzlies are also fighting for their playoff lives, sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference with both the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs just two games back, and the Pelicans 2.5 games back.

Memphis has lost all three of their seeding games thus far and, even if they manage to retain eighth place for the start of the playoffs, they will have to play the ninth-place team in a play-in tournament for a true playoff berth.

Jackson averaged 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists on 46.9 per cent shooting from the field and 39.4 per cent shooting from distance this season.

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