The Memphis Grizzlies have been ravished by injuries this season, but this undermanned Memphis team continues to trudge through the adversity.
Memphis is currently down two starters as Mike Conley grapples with Achilles tendinitis and Marc Gasol sits on the shelf for the season with a broken right foot. Rotation guys PJ Hariston (left groin strain), and Brandan Wright (Grade 1 MCL sprain) have also missed time over the past several weeks, but the Grizzlies may have found solace in the fact that starting power forward Zach Randolph returned from a knee injury against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night in a big way.
Randolph returned from a six-game absence to drop his first career triple-double on Los Angeles, as he put up 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 113-102 win.
It was Randolph’s first triple-double in 974 NBA games, which is a record for most career games before notching a triple-double. The record was previously held by legendary power forward Karl Malone, who put up his first career triple-double after 860 contests.
Randolph also became just the 23rd player age 34 or older to record a triple-double, joining the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant to name a few.