Memphis Grizzlies vs LA Clippers: Injury Report, Predicted Lineups and Starting 5s – October 23rd, 2021 | NBA Season 2021-22
The Memphis Grizzlies will visit the LA Clippers at the Staples Center on Saturday in a 2021-22 NBA game. It is the first home game of the season for the Clippers, while the Grizzlies will hit the road for the first time this season.
The Grizzlies are coming off an impressive 132-121 home win on opening night against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Ja Morant led the way for Memphis with 37 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Desmond Bane and De’Anthony Melton contributed 22 and 20 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, the LA Clippers lost their opening-night matchup against the Golden State Warriors 115-113 on Thursday. Paul George had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. Five other Clippers players scored in double figures, but that wasn’t enough for the team’s opening night victory.
Memphis Grizzlies injury report
The Memphis Grizzlies have only one player listed on their injury report for their game against the LA Clippers. Dillion Brooks missed the entire preseason with a broken left hand and is scheduled to be reevaluated next week.
In Brooks’s absence, De’Anthony Melton will likely move into the starting guard position. Melton did a great job replacing Brooks on Opening Night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He scored 20 points, four rebounds and three assists.
LA Clippers Injury Report
The LA Clippers have four players on their injury report for their game against the Memphis Grizzlies. They are Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka, Keon Johnson, and Jason Preston. Johnson is listed as questionable for this game due to illness.
Meanwhile, Preston is recovering from a right foot injury, while Leonard and Ibaka are recovering from offseason surgeries. Leonard had his anterior cruciate ligament repaired, while Ibaka underwent back surgery.
Memphis Grizzlies vs LA Clippers: Planned Lineups
The Memphis Grizzlies are expected to use the same lineup they started against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Opening Night. Steven Adams should be your man in the middle, with Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. completing the frontcourt.
Jackson Jr. fought the Cavaliers, but he should have a comeback game against a smaller Clippers lineup. De’Anthony Melton should continue to replace the injured Dillon Brooks, while Ja Morant could start at point guard.
From the bench, Kyle Anderson is the Grizzlies’ de facto sixth man for the season. Other players who could get minutes against the Clippers are Tyus Jones, Brandon Clarke, and Ziaire Williams.
The LA Clippers lined up a small-ball lineup in their last game against the Golden State Warriors. They are expected to do the same against the Memphis Grizzlies. Reggie Jackson and Eric Bledsoe could be your partner in the backcourt with Ivica Zubac in center.
Paul George should be the starting small forward, while Marcus Morris Sr. starts at power forward. Terance Mann should be the first player on the Clippers bench. He did an incredible job cooling Stephen Curry in the second quarter of the Warriors game.
There is a chance that Mann could be a starter, but Bledsoe was also effective as a starter. Zubac was limited as the Clippers played small ball for most of the game. Other players of the LA Clippers bench will likely include Luke Kennard, Amir Coffey, and Justise Winslow.