Mike Miller Injury: Updates on Grizzlies Forward's Hand and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

Jan 5, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Mike Miller warms up prior to the game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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The Memphis Grizzlies' 99-89 win over the Sacramento Kings was somewhat dampened after Mike Miller was forced to leave the game with a hand injury.

Teresa Walker of the Associated Press reported the veteran forward was favoring his right hand as he walked back to the locker room:

Miller played 27 minutes in the game, scoring 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

After the game, Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee reported Miller had his hand wrapped while getting checked out by the Kings' doctors:

For the season, the 33-year-old is averaging 6.7 points a game on 46 percent shooting and 2.9 rebounds a game. Much as he did with the Miami Heat, Miller has carved out a role on the Grizzlies as a three-point specialist who can spread the floor when he's on the court.

Miller has the second-highest three-point percentage (43 percent) on the team.

Although Memphis isn't crippled by his injury, it will want him back on the court as soon as possible. The Grizzlies are just a half-game out of eighth after winning nine of their last 10 games.