May 5 update: Adams has cleared COVID protocols, so he’s going to be available for the Grizzlies in Game 3. We’ll see how much he actually plays given Brandon Clarke’s rise, so this might not mean much in terms of the playoff rotation for Memphis.
May 2 update: Adams is once again listed as out due to health and safety protocols, which definitely means he has registered a positive test. It’s unclear whether he is vaccinated or not, but he’s continued to test positive for COVID with him being listed out for Game 2.
April 30 update: Adams has been ruled out for Sunday’s Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors. The Grizzlies are likely to keep rolling with Brandon Clarke and Jaren Jackson Jr. in the frontcourt for this game.
Memphis Grizzlies say center Steven Adams has entered health and safety protocols and will be out for Game 6 against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 28, 2022
Adams has been a no-show for most of the series, averaging just above 10.0 minutes per game in three games played. He was phased out after being dominated by Karl-Anthony Towns in Game 1 and hasn’t played in two of the five games this series. It’s unlikely for this development to impact the Grizzlies, but Adams is a veteran center who has seen his fair share of playoff games. In a tight spot, he could give the Grizzlies decent play.
This means more run for Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke in Game 6. The Grizzlies can close out the series in Minnesota with a win, so there’s plenty of motivation for this team. A win would pair Memphis with the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the playoffs.