(MINNEAPOLIS) — If the Memphis Grizzlies want to build off last year’s playoff success and show they’re a legitimate threat in the Western Conference this season, they’ll have to do it without a key member of their team for an extended period of time. Power forward Zach Randolph tore his right MCL and as a result will miss at least six to eight weeks.
Randolph suffered the injury during the first quarter of the team’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. This is a huge blow to the Grizzlies on and off the court. Aside from being the team’s second leading scorer at 14.8 points per game, the veteran has become their emotional leader. The Grizzlies were expected to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference, but that may change without Randolph getting on the court for the foreseeable future.
To help replace Randolph, the team has traded for center Mareese Speights in a three-team trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Hornets.
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