Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (toe sprain) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday night’s road game against the Phoenix Suns. The TCU product has missed the last 17 games.
Danny Green (knee) is also listed as questionable on Memphis’ injury report. Green has not yet made his 2022-23 season debut in the Bluff City. While with the Sixers last season, the three-time NBA champ tore his left ACL and LCL in his knee.
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Desmond Bane has been upgraded to questionable vs. Suns tomorrow. That would be returning ahead of timetable announced earlier this month. He was playing at an All-Star level before his injury. https://t.co/cIWiYzkft3
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 23, 2022
Prior to his toe sprain, Bane was averaging career highs of 24.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Plus, he was shooting 46.5% from the floor and a career-best 45.1% beyond the arc.
On Oct. 24, in the Grizzlies’ 134-124 win over the Brooklyn Nets, the guard scored a career-high 38 points in 33 minutes of action. Along with amassing seven assists, Bane finished 14-of-21 (66.7%) shooting from the field and 8-of-11 (72.7%) from 3-point range.
Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (toe sprain) has been upgraded to questionable vs. Suns for Friday’s game
Furthermore, Friday’s game between the Suns and Grizzlies is the first of four in this season’s series. While Memphis is 8-8 against Western Conference opponents this season, Phoenix is 16-8 in intraconference matchups.
Upon further review of the Suns’ injury report, four players are listed as questionable: Devin Booker (groin), Cameron Payne (foot), Josh Okogie (hip), and Jock Landale (concussion).
Desmond Bane’s foot looking good today at practice in Denver 👀
Back for Christmas? 🎄🎅
— GrizzMuse (@GrizzlyMuse) December 20, 2022
Jae Crowder (personal), Cameron Johnson (knee), and Duane Washington Jr. (hip) remain out indefinitely. Phoenix needs a healthy roster. The Suns are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.
Additionally, the Grizzlies are 6-3 in their past nine matchups against Phoenix. And Memphis is 11-2 in its previous 13 games played this month. On the other side, the Suns are 14-4 in their last 18 home games. However, Phoenix is also 1-5 in its past six contests played on a Friday.
Sportsbooks have not yet released the betting lines for this game. Per ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Suns have a 51.9% chance of winning at home over the Grizzlies.
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