Grizzlies: Tyus Jones out a week with knee injury

Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones
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The Grizzlies have the inside track for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

But five teams are chasing Memphis, and the Grizzlies just lost margin for error with Tyus Jones getting injured.

Grizzlies release:

Tyus Jones has knee soreness and will be re-evaluated in approximately one week.

Memphis has three games in the next week, all against foes in the playoff race – Trail Blazers, Spurs and Pelicans.

Jones is a solid backup point guard. The Grizzlies will miss him, even for the 19 minutes per game he averages.

Starter Ja Morant could increase his playing time while Jones is sidelined. De'Anthony Melton will probably play more point guard, but he’s better as a wing.

With Melton at point guard, that opens wing minutes for John Konchar (yes, please) and Grayson Allen.