Grizzlies Lose Big Man For Rest Of Regular Season

The Memphis Grizzlies are absolutely reeling right now. Ja Morant is out indefinitely on a pseudo-suspension for his firearms incident, top bench players Brandon Clarke is out for the season, and now big man (and team leader) Steven Adams will be out for likely the balance of the regular season due to treatment for his sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, the team announced that Adams got a stem cell injection in his injured knee, which has already cost him the last 18 games. He won't be re-evaluated for four weeks, the team says, which basically knocks him out at least until the start of the playoffs. 

The news comes as a huge blow, particularly as it seemed that Adams was on his way back, having played some 5-on-5 earlier this week. 

The 6'1" Kiwi has had a huge impact on the Grizzlies this season, with 11.5 rebounds per game in just 27 minutes. He's also recorded the highest offensive rebounding rate in 25 years. The Grizz score 7.3 more points per 100 with Adams on the court. 

He will be sorely missed, and a once-promising season in Memphis is seemingly going off the rails.

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