Breaking: Brutal Blow To Grizzlies As Playoffs Approach

Terrible news for the Memphis Grizzlies, who have now ruled out a crucial player for the entire playoffs. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the team will likely be without center Steven Adams for the postseason.

Despite an original prognosis of a 3-to-5 week absence, the team has already been without their brute in the middle since the end of January due to a PCL sprain. He underwent a stem cell injection a month ago in his knee to try to speed healing, but unfortunately, it looks like he will not return this season.

This is a tough break for the West's No. 2 seed Memphis, who were hoping for a deep playoff run. Adams averaged 11.5 rebounds in 42 games this season, which would put him top five in the league if he'd qualified, to go along with 8.6 points and 1.1 blocked shots. And that's not to mention the brick wall screens he sets. 

The Grizz are also without backup big man Brandon Clarke for the playoffs due to a torn left Achilles tendon.

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