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For the second consecutive season, “the comforts of home” did not apply for JaMychal Green of the Memphis Grizzlies.
The power forward suffered a broken jaw in the Grizzlies’ home opener Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks and underwent surgery to repair the damage Saturday morning, according to the team.
UPDATE: JaMychal Green suffered a broken jaw after receiving an elbow to the face from an opposing player during the third quarter of yesterday’s game against the Hawks. Green underwent a surgical stabilization procedure this morning and is expected to make a full recovery.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) October 20, 2018
The 6-foot-9, 227-pound Green was hit in the face by an elbow in the third quarter. He had entered the game against the Hawks listed as day-to-day because of soreness in his left knee.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports Green will miss 4-6 weeks.
Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green will likely miss four to six weeks after surgery Saturday to repair a broken jaw, league sources ESPN. Green isn’t expected to be cleared for contact for a month.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 20, 2018
Last season in the Grizzlies’ home opener against the New Orleans Pelicans, Green suffered an ankle injury four minutes into the game that sidelined him for an extended amount of time. He returned to play 55 games and average 10.3 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Green, 28, started both of Memphis’ games this season, averaging 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.
His injury is expected to open the door for Grizzlies’ first-round draft pick Jaren Jackson Jr. to receive a more expansive role in the Memphis attack. The 19-year-old Jackson, a 6-11, 242-pound power forward out of Michigan State, had 24 points, seven boards and two blocked shots in the 131-117 win against the Hawks on Friday night.