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The injury bug is biting the Grizzlies hard. Before the season had tipped off, the Grizzlies lost Xavier Henry to a fractured ankle and Darrell Arthur to an Achilles tear.
While Henry wasn't a key player, the Arthur injury sent the Grizzlies scrambling since he was their only big backup man at the time. They had to trade for Quincy Pondexter and sign Dante Cunningham to plug the hole.
The trouble up front compounded when Randolph went down. With Randolph out, Cunningham looks to be starting against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. Now, with The Commercial Appeal reporting that Randolph will require rehab, the Grizzlies could be without him for longer. On Tuesday, he'll have an MRI to see if it might be more than a bruise.
Hopefully, the injury isn't that bad and the Grizzlies won't lose him for long. That would leave Hamed Haddadi as the only backup big man (Quincy Pondexter is a 6'6" small forward). This is would be a significant problem. Haddadi doesn't have very good stamina. Also, Gasol and Cunningham could end up seeing close to 40 minutes per game with Randolph out long.
Conley looks to be taking it slow. He wanted to come back against the Kings, but the trainers are looking to hold him out to ensure that he comes back at full strength. Pargo might hold up against the Kings, but most Western Conference teams would be unforgiving to such a green point guard.
The Grizzlies need to get healthy soon. Communication would likely be better with Conley at point guard than with Pargo. Also, the team is entirely different on the inside with Randolph out. Randolph is a voracious scorer on the inside and a terrific rebounder on both ends of the floor. Scoring could be slow if Randolph is out for an extended period of time.