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Memphis Grizzlies forwards Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow will not be ready for the start of the upcoming season. Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations Zach Kleiman told reporters Wednesday night that Jackson and Winslow will both still be recovering from injuries when the 2020-21 season starts next month, saying it is "unfortunate that the NBA season ended up starting a little bit earlier than we were budgeting for."
During the team’s trip to the Orlando bubble in July, Jaren Jackson Jr. tore the meniscus in his left knee. He returned from the trip early to begin his rehab. His teammate, Justise Winslow, who was also injured in the bubble, is rehabbing his injury with him. “I had a quicker start to my offseason getting healthy again and getting workouts and all that,” Jackson said. “I’ve been basically seeing Justise every day of my life, literally. We’ve been in there grinding. We made it a goal to never have a bad day and we’ve never had a bad day pretty much ever.”
Nearly three months later, Jenkins suggested that Jackson, Winslow and Clarke should be ready to go. “When it comes to Justise, BC and JJ, those guys are looking and feeling good,” said Jenkins. “Once we get to Orlando, we can finally do five-on-five workouts and scrimmages and we’ll get a better feel. But all indications are those guys will be ready to go.”
Chris Herrington: No restriction on Jaren Jackson Jr. minutes tonight coming off knee issue, but Taylor Jenkins did suggest Bruno Caboclo is likely to play as the team tries different defensive looks against Karl-Anthony Towns.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr., has suffered a right quad injury and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. Organization will be cautious with its young star.
David Cobb: Bruno Caboclo and Ivan Rabb are the Grizz starting front court tonight with Jaren Jackson Jr. out with a quad injury and Valanciunas tending to personal issues.
David Cobb: Looks like the Grizzlies will have Jaren Jackson Jr. back in the lineup at New York tomorrow. He’s listed as probable. Mike Conley is still listed as questionable.
Omari Sanfoka II: The Grizzlies will be without Jaren Jackson Jr. tonight as well. Jevon Carter, Shelvin Mack and JaMychal Green will start alongside Marc Gasol and Justin Holiday
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Buddy Hield mulling NBA 3-point shootout contest invite

That even goes for Buddy Hield, who has an NBA 3-point shootout title to defend, although he was non-committal about the even. “Do you think I should go defend it?” Hield asked reporters when talking about the event. “I don’t know yet, to be honest, I’ve been having mixed emotions, you know, cover rules and especially I don’t have no time with my family. Just trying to see how the COVID rules and the boundaries are set up. No clear cut yes yet, I’ll just see in the next couple of days.” According to Hield, he received an invitation from the league to join the festivities, but he is still mulling it over.
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“It was a play for me or P.J.,” Monk said. “I told [Ball] to pass it to P, and he was like, nah. I had to make something happen.” Hield, who finished with 30 points, missed a desperation heave from beyond midcourt as time ran out. Earlier Sunday night, he became the fastest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career 3-pointers, doing so in his 350th career game. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was the previous fastest at 369 games.
Center DeMarcus Cousins, whose stock is low, is still a free agent after being unceremoniously waived by Houston. “That’s a Leon question,’’ Thibodeau said before the game. “We have more than enough on the roster so we’ll figure out a way. We have guys that can play multiple positions and then we’re going to have to take care of the rebounding, gang rebound. Everyone has to contribute in that area.’’
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“It was individual pride,” Antetokounmpo said of joining teammate Khris Middleton in taking on the Clippers’ All-Star duo of Leonard and Paul George. “It is pride. It is an ego thing. Personally, I love that going down the stretch. “I feel like it’s greatness,” Antetokounmpo added. “When you go against the best in the world down the stretch and you are trying to get a stop and they are trying to score on you to win the game, it’s greatness developing at that moment.”
“As a team, I don’t feel like we’re there yet,” said Leonard, who remains positive about the Clippers building toward where they want to be. “We’re looking to the sideline for plays. I feel like our pace has pretty much slowed down. “You gotta give them credit though. They locked in and tuned in on us, and they got stops when they needed it. So just for us to get better, I feel like we gotta have a better stride, open the floor, just getting down and getting into a play. I felt like we got stagnant a little bit.”