Grizzlies’ Brooks to miss start of season due to broken hand

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks will miss the start of the season to ensure he fully recovers from a broken left hand.

The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that the decision for Brooks to receive additional treatment was made after imaging in checking Brooks as part of the team’s return to play protocol. Brooks will be reevaluated in two to three weeks.

Memphis opens the season Oct. 20 hosting Cleveland.

Brooks said at media day on Sept. 27 that he broke his hand during an offseason practice reaching for a ball. His hand hyperextended and broke in two places.

He is the Grizzlies’ longest-tenured player going into his fifth NBA season and fourth-oldest at the age of 25 behind Steven Adams, Kyle Anderson and Kris Dunn. Brooks averaged 17.2 points and 1.2 steals per game last season playing in 67 games and helping Memphis earn the No. 8 seed winning two play-in games.

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