Grizzlies lose another starting center: Brandan Wright injured

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First, the Grizzlies lost Marc Gasol for the season.

Now, the man who replaced him as Memphis starting center — Brandan Wright, who was just coming back from his own injury — is sidelined.

Grizzlies release:

After leaving in the third quarter during Saturday’s game in Phoenix, Grizzlies forward/center Brandan Wright underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which revealed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee, the team announced today. Wright will be out indefinitely, but no surgery will be required.

“This is an unfortunate development for Brandan and our team,” Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said. “Brandan had been playing his best basketball of the season recently and showing the positive impact he has on our roster. We expect a full recovery and will have further updates when appropriate.”

The Grizzlies (34-24) are fifth in the Western Conference — three games up on sixth place and six games inside playoff position. At this point, they’re just holding on for dear life.

Nabbing the fifth seed and likely avoiding the Warriors, Spurs and Thunder in the first-round would be a major accomplishment. Beating the Clippers wouldn’t be easy for Memphis, with or without Wright, but that’s much more feasible.

The Grizzlies will rely on Chris Andersen, Zach Randolph and JaMychal Green at center now. At least that trio plays varying styles, giving Memphis a chance of successfully playing to matchups.