What to expect going into the Pacers vs. Grizzlies

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Grizzlies’ Players to Watch

All the hype in Memphis is based on rookie point guard Ja Morant. He has electric speed and explosive athleticism to go along with already elite passing ability. The problem? He now joins fellow rookie phenom Zion Williamson on the sideline with back spasms. Tonight he will be joined by rookie Brandon Clarke who will miss the game with a hip injury.

Jaren Jackson Jr. will likely receive more touches in Morant’s absence. The second year big man is still unrefined as an offensive player leading to 68.8 percent of his shots being assisted this season. He did go for a season-high 28 points last Monday while playing less than 23 minutes so there are flashes. Another thing to be aware of his defense. He’s 6-11 and 242 lbs and can protect the rim, but also has the ability to switch out on the perimeter.

Since the Grizzlies are really a couple years away from truly competing, it only seems right to include another young guy that may catch your eye. Third-year wing Dillon Brooks will likely be another beneficiary of touches with the team’s current injury problems. Possibly best known for being the Brooks the Grizzlies didn’t want to trade, the Oregon product’s strong defense and 3-point shooting so far this season has made him a perfect role player for the team’s budding stars. He does only average 13.4 points per game, but his 31-point explosion against Minnesota last month shows some scoring potential.