Grizzlies Desmond Bane, Jake LaRavia Sidelined Indefinitely Due to Ankle Injuries

Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane and forward Jake LaRavia are out indefinitely due to ankle injuries. Bane will be reevaluated in six weeks and LaRavia in three weeks.
‣ The Grizzlies now hold 26th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship, according to NBA betting sites.
‣ Bane is averaging career highs of 24.4 points, 5.3 assists, and 34.6 minutes per game this season, while LaRavia is averaging 3.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 11.1 minutes per game.

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane and forward Jake LaRavia are in a bit of a pickle. Both are out indefinitely due to ankle injuries. Bane, who’s 25, has a Grade 3 left ankle sprain. Ouch!

Bane got hurt during the third quarter of Memphis’ 128-119 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. It happened on Friday night. He’s scheduled to be reevaluated in six weeks.

Now, some NBA betting sites are saying that the Grizzlies’ odds to win this season’s championship are now ranked 26th. Even the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets are showing better odds on sportsbooks.

LaRavia, on the other hand, is dealing with a Grade 2 high left ankle sprain. He’s only 22. He got injured during the opening quarter of Saturday’s 106-94 loss against the New York Knicks. He’s set to be reevaluated in three weeks.

Bane’s been doing well this season, with 37 starts under his belt. He’s averaging career highs of 24.4 points, 5.3 assists, and 34.6 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 47.4% from the floor, a career-low 38.4% beyond the arc, and 86.4% at the foul line.

In Memphis’ 116-102 win over the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 6, Bane recorded a career-high 49 points. He also had six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and two blocks in 36 minutes of action.

Bane ranks 17th in the NBA in points (904) this season. He’s 12th in field goals (330), fifth in 3-pointers (123), 20th in minutes played (1,277), and 17th in turnovers (99).

In the offseason, Bane signed a five-year, $197.23 million contract extension with Memphis. The deal includes $8.67 million in total incentives, bringing the maximum value to $205.9 million. His new contract begins in the 2024-25 season.

LaRavia, meanwhile, has played 11 games off the bench this season. He’s averaging 3.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 11.1 minutes per game. He’s shooting 37.2% from the field and 75% at the line.

The Wake Forest product posted a season-high 12 points in Friday’s loss to the Clippers. In October, LaRavia exercised his $3.35 million player option for the 2024-25 season. This is part of the four-year, $14.76 million rookie-scale contract he signed in July 2022.

James Shotwell
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