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Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Likely out until mid-to-late March
The Grizzlies announced Thursday that Bane is progressing well and was recently re-evaluated, and he's expected to return to play within the next 3-to-5 weeks.
Bane hasn't played since suffering a Grade 3 left ankle sprain Jan. 12, and though some reports in recent weeks offered hope that he might be back shortly before the All-Star break, he'll end up missing more than two months with the injury. A multi-month recovery timeline isn't out of the ordinary for a Grade 3 sprain, and considering that the 20-36 Grizzlies aren't shaping up as playoff contenders, they're unlikely to take any chances with a prized asset like Bane until the team is confident that he's 100 percent healthy. If Bane is out until the latter half of March or early April as expected, fantasy managers in redraft leagues with no or limited injured reserve spots likely can't justify holding him. With Ja Morant (shoulder) out for the season and with Bane and Marcus Smart (finger) likely out for several more weeks, the Grizzlies will turn to Jaren Jackson (quadricep), Vince Williams, Luke Kennard, Jordan Goodwin and Santi Aldama to serve as their primary playmakers on offense.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Making progress, but timeline TBD
Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman said Friday that Bane (ankle) is progressing through the initial stages of his rehab and will be re-evaluated at some point after the All-Star break, Michael Wallace of the team's official site reports. "We'll be smart," Kleiman said when asked if Bane could return at some point this season. "We're going to make sure [Bane and Marcus Smart] are in position to be fully healthy [before playing]."
Bane hasn't played since Jan. 12, when he sustained what was reported as a Grade 3 left ankle sprain in the Grizzlies' loss to the Clippers. Though a Grade 3 sprain typically entails a multi-month recovery and often requires surgery, Bane seems to be coming along far more rapidly in his rehab process than initially anticipated. Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins confirmed earlier this month that Bane was able to resume individual work in practice, and a formal update regarding when the fourth-year guard might be ready to mix into drills with his healthy teammates could come shortly after he's re-evaluated. At this stage, however, Bane remains without a formal timeline for a return to game action, though Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal relays that Bane is closer to playing than Smart, who has been out since Jan. 9 with a right ring finger central slip tear. Given that the 20-36 Grizzlies aren't shaping up as playoff contenders, the team likely won't look to rush Bane back until they're confident he's 100 percent healthy. Fantasy managers should expect Bane to miss the Grizzlies' remaining three games of February, at a minimum.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Resumes individual work
Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins confirmed last Wednesday that Bane (ankle) resumed taking part in individual work at practice, but the 25-year-old is still on track to be re-evaluated following the All-Star break at the six-week mark of his recovery timeline, Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. "He's kind of doing small movement shooting right now," Jenkins said of Bane. "He's keeping everything contained, but he's been working his tail off in medical spaces. He's hungry to get back and beat the timelines that are out there."
Bane was diagnosed with a Grade 3 left ankle sprain after suffering the injury in a Jan. 12 loss to the Clippers. Though he's not scheduled to be re-evaluated Feb. 25, Bane seems to be making remarkable progress in his recovery from the severe injury. He shed the walking boot on his ankle less than two weeks after suffering the injury, and he already seems to be steadily ramping up again in on-court workouts. Even though Bane is angling to return to the court before his six-week re-evaluation timeline, the Grizzlies likely aren't ready to rush the sharpshooter back into game action until he's 100 percent healthy. Bane still looks as though he'll avoid being shut down for the season, but he could be subject to a minutes restriction whenever he returns, and he may sit out some games during particularly busy portions of Memphis' post-break schedule.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Out at least six weeks
The Grizzlies announced Sunday that Bane has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.
Bane suffered his ankle injury in the third quarter of Friday's loss to the Clippers and is facing a multi-week absence. Bane was in the midst of one of the best years of his career, averaging 24.4 points, 5.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 34.5 minutes per game over 37 appearances. Vince Williams, Ziaire Williams and John Konchar are candidates to see increased playing time while Bane is out.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Won't play Monday
Bane (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Warriors.
Bane sustained a left ankle sprain Friday against the Clippers and will be unavailable for a second consecutive matchup. David Roddy and Xavier Tillman saw increased run Saturday against the Knicks and will likely see an uptick in playing time once again Monday. Whether Bane is available Thursday against Minnesota remains to be seen.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Ruled out against Knicks
Bane (ankle) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Knicks.
Bane will miss Saturday's contest after spraining his left ankle against the Clippers on Friday. David Roddy, Vince Williams and Ziaire Williams will likely receive increased minutes in his absence. Bane's next chance to suit up is Monday's matchup with Golden State.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Sprains ankle Friday
Bane left Friday's game against the Clippers with a left ankle sprain and won't return. He finished with 15 points (3-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), three assists, one rebound and one steal in 23 minutes.
Bane turned his ankle badly and wasn't able to shoot his free throws after suffering the injury, making him ineligible to return to the game. Memphis' injury list continues to grow, with Bane now joining the likes of Ja Morant (shoulder), Steven Adams (knee), Marcus Smart (finger), Brandon Clarke (Achilles), Derrick Rose (thigh) and Santi Aldama (knee). Bane appears unlikely to be available for the second leg of the back-to-back set Saturday against the Knicks, so the Grizzlies could turn to Luke Kennard and/or Jacob Gilyard to serve as their main initiator on offense.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Carries Memphis to upset win
Bane notched 32 points (11-27 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 8-9 FT), nine rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 120-103 victory over Dallas.
Bane held a prominent role on offense when Ja Morant (shoulder) was suspended, and now that the star floor general will miss the rest of the season, it's safe to expect Bane to have more touches, a higher usage rate and better numbers overall again. Bane was producing at a strong rate when Morant wasn't around, but his numbers didn't drop significantly when he was available, either. Bane is averaging 26.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game since the start of December.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Logs double-double with 13 assists
Bane accumulated 24 points (8-14 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, 13 assists and one steal across 37 minutes during Friday's 127-113 win over the Lakers.
Bane continues to show up nightly with excellent stat lines, December was a stellar month for Bane, who averaged 26.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.6 rebounds over 14 contests. He's doing equally well to begin 2024, and his 13 dimes Friday marked Bane's highest assist total of the season.... See More ... See Less
Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Comes close to double-double
Bane finished with 22 points (9-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and eight assists over 38 minutes during Wednesday's 116-111 loss to the Raptors.
Bane finished just two assists away from recording a double-double Wednesday, but perhaps more importantly, he continues to make an impact on offense despite the return of Ja Morant. Bane was Memphis' go-to player on offense when Morant was out, and while he has returned to being the second-best option since the star floor general returned from a 25-game suspension, his numbers have not suffered a sizable downgrade. He's averaging 24.4 points per game since Dec. 19, which is the date when Morant made his regular-season debut.... See More ... See Less
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