When the Dallas Mavericks host the Memphis Grizzlies in a crucial Western Conference showdown, all eyes will be on standout players Luka Doncic and Ja Morant. You can be sure that there will be a lot of interest in this game because it will feature two of the best young superstars in the league.
But just before the game began, the Grizzlies received a severe setback as veteran forward Dillon Brooks was forced to withdraw due to thigh pain (viaGrizzlies PRon Twitter):
.@memgrizz status update: Dillon Brooks (LT Thigh Soreness) is inactive tonight at @dallasmavs. https://t.co/43PEsn8Snq
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) October 22, 2022
Due to a persistent thigh injury, Brooks hasn’t played this season. Although it doesn’t seem serious, it’s enough to have cost him three games thus far. The fact that the 26-year-old has been listed as day-to-day for this game after initially being listed as questionable suggests that he may soon make his season debut. The Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant would be his opponent when he next had the opportunity to suit up on Sunday.
Although Brooks is hardly a star, there is no disputing that he will play a crucial role in the Grizzlies’ success this season. On Saturday, Doncic and company will have one less issue to cope with thanks to Brooks’ absence.
Despite this, Memphis is still anticipated to put up a good fight against the Mavs, who will be attempting to earn their first victory of the year and send the 2-0 Grizzlies their first loss of the season.
Prior to their big matchup against the Grizzlies and Ja Morant, the Mavs have one less issue with Luka Doncic, according to ClutchPoints.