by Kevin Lipe
The Grizzlies' Lost Weekend of a stretch run is getting a little lost-er. The Grizzlies announced today that Brandan Wright is out indefinitely after suffering a sprained MCL in his right knee.
Wright had been back from knee surgery and playing pretty well—though obviously still getting his bearings on the court—when Saturday night against Phoenix, Ronnie Price collided knees with Wright while Wright set a screen. Wright was down on the floor for a while before being helped to the locker room.
Of course, Wright just had surgery on that knee, so it's good that his new injury won't require surgery to repair. If you're looking for positives, it's also good that it was just a freak basketball "that happens sometimes" injury, rather than a non-contact thing, or something that could have been a result of a previous injury. Sometimes guys bang knees. It's one of the hazards of the sport.
What this does to the Grizzlies' rotation is anybody's guess—with Marc Gasol out and three newly-arrived players still working their way into the scheme of things, this is certainly a blow to whatever stability the Grizzlies are staggering towards. Maybe someone will have to be waived to bring back Joerger favorite and team yo-yo Ryan Hollins for more frontcourt help.
At any rate, this is not good news, for Wright (who was just now starting to find his fit with the team after missing most of the season) or for the Grizzlies (who are already without their starting center and best player), who are in Denver playing the Nuggets tonight.