December 8, 2023


Good must wait till Feb. 4 to play in opposition to the Celtics for the primary time.

Good was despatched to the Grizzlies in a 3-team commerce involving Memphis, Boston, and the Washington Wizards in June. AP Picture/Nikki Boertman

An unsightly begin to the 2023-24 season for the Memphis Grizzlies simply obtained a bit uglier.

The crew introduced on Friday that former Celtic Marcus Good will miss the subsequent 3-5 weeks because of a left ankle injury he sustained in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies host Boston this Sunday, which might have been Good’s first look in opposition to the Celtics since being traded to Memphis in June. Which means Good will be unable to face off versus his ex-team till Feb. 4.

Good suffered his harm after touchdown awkwardly on Austin Reaves’s foot on Tuesday whereas taking part in protection. The 29-year-old was helped up by the coaching employees after remaining down for a while. Good was dominated out shortly after heading to the locker room.

The two-9 Grizzlies want all the assistance they’ll get on the court docket this season. Going with out their beginning capturing guard and large offseason acquisition in Good doesn’t bode nicely for his or her probabilities at enhancing.

As of Friday, Memphis ranks close to the underside of the NBA in a number of classes. They stand at dead-last in crew subject aim share (42.9), twenty eighth in factors scored (108 PPG), twenty fifth in 3-point share (33.7), twenty fourth in complete rebounds per sport(42.0), and twentieth in defensive ranking (113.7). Accidents to gamers like Luke Kennard and Derrick Rose haven’t aided the crew, both. A gradual begin to the season for Jaren Jackson has made issues tough for the membership, to not point out Ja Morant’s 25-game suspension to start out the yr.

Good lately talked about how he’s been dealing with the Grizzlies’ struggles which have landed them final within the Western Convention with Sportskeeda’s Mark Medina.

“It’s been laborious, particularly once you’re not used to shedding and with this crew,” Good mentioned. “Final yr, they had been the No. 2 seed and had been used to profitable. There weren’t many video games that they misplaced. So it’s about understanding that it’s okay that you simply’re shedding and that you could nonetheless have enjoyable and be blissful. Issues are going to be okay. For this crew, it’s large to have the ability to have enjoyable and play even when issues aren’t going nicely. When we’ve got the proper mindset, issues begin to go proper.”

In the meantime, Good’s former crew couldn’t script a greater first 11 video games to its season. Boston’s league-best 47.9 rebounds per sport, second-best defensive ranking (106.6), and fifth-most factors per sport (119) have powered the crew to a 9-2 begin. Jayson Tatum is averaging 28.5 factors and eight.8 rebounds per sport. Plus, the defensive tandem of Jrue Vacation and Derrick White are averaging 2.1 blocks and 1.6 steals per sport.

Many thought Boston would miss Good’s defensive prowess this season and Memphis would enhance mightily on that finish of the court docket along with his presence. Nonetheless, the alternative has been true for each groups to kick off 2023-24.