Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks closer to return as he begins simulated games

Evan Barnes
Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Dillon Brooks' initial timeline for recovery from a left hand fracture was given at 2-3 weeks on Oct. 12. That time has passed and Brooks has yet to be cleared.

He is, however, getting closer to returning. On Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies announced Brooks was briefly assigned to the Hustle for a simulated game and returned to the team afterwards. 

Coach Taylor Jenkins said it was part of Brooks' plan to ramp up activity and he'll play in a few more simulated games. Brooks is still scheduled to have a check-in this week with the Grizzlies' medical staff.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks drives past Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley during their Game 3 first round playoff matchup at the FedExForum on Saturday, May 29, 2021.

"We're still taking this one day at a time," Jenkins said pregame Wednesday. "Obviously, he's still got to get his wind and rhythm and all that but from a health-wise standpoint, he's in a good place and we'll have a follow-up later this week to make sure everything's still in a good direction. "

Brooks has already missed eight games, more than he did all of last season. He injured his hand during the summer and resumed wearing a cast after the Grizzlies ruled him out. Over the past few games, however, Brooks has not worn on the cast while on the bench.

It's as close to progress as fans will take since the Grizzlies haven't announced when Brooks will return. In his absence, they're second-to-last in defensive rating and have given up big scoring nights to wings such as Paul George and CJ McCollum.

But with Brooks having more simulated games, there's hope he'll be back at some point within the next few weeks barring any setbacks.

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