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Report: Tyreke Evans day-to-day after MRI reveals slight cartilage damage in ribcage

Tyreke Evans

Already missing the services of some of their key players like Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Chandler Parsons,the Memphis Grizzlies will be further short-handed until further notice, as Tyreke Evans is considered day-to-day after a recent MRI revealed a slight cartilage damage in his ribcage, according to Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com.

Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff confirmed the development, but also made it known that he will still return to action later this season.

Despite having an injury-plagued NBA career, the 28-year-old Memphis product has been able to remain healthy this season, only missing eight games in total, with some of them being DNP-coach’s decisions.

He previously sat out games before the trade deadline earlier this month, as the Grizzlies were looking for another team willing to acquire his services.

Evans is now expected to be an integral part of their rotation until the end of the season.

He suffered the ribcage injury during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Evans immediately grimaced in pain and was forced to leave the game early because of it, later undergoing tests to see the extent of the injury, which included the latest MRI.

Before his injury, Evans was enjoying his best run since his rookie campaign, with averages of 19.4 points, 5.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 31 minutes per game.

The Grizzlies will likely try to bring him back at the end of this season after turning down all the offers for him prior to the trade deadline.