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Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. could play Wednesday vs. Timberwolves

Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies

After missing Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies second-year big man Jaren Jackson Jr. could play Wednesday versus Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jackson underwent some testing on his knee, but everything came back clean:

Without Jackson, the Grizzlies lost to the Rockets by a final score of 107-100. Memphis is now 1-5 on the season. Their lone win came against the Brooklyn Nets on a Jae Crowder game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

On the season, Jackson is averaging 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Grizzlies. He’s shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Memphis rookie point guard Ja Morant is putting up 19.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game through the Grizzlies’ first six games. The explosive guard has been efficient, too, as Ja is shooting 53.4 percent from the floor.

The Grizzlies envision Morant and Jackson being a dynamic duo for hopefully the next decade. Memphis isn’t expected to compete for a playoff spot this season. The goal for 2019-20 is to develop Morant, Jackson and others like Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke so the team can be competitive down the line.

We’ll see if Jackson plays against the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Memphis will need all hands on deck to stop Towns if JJJ is out.