Ja Morant, the Grizzlies goalkeeper, is dealing with another potentially serious injury.
As the Memphis find themselves on a 2-1 hole with Game 4 on the road, the most pressing issue suddenly is the case of the All-Star point guard who left the game in the fourth quarter and returned to the locker room before the last century.
Here’s the latest news about Morant’s injury.
What is Ja Morant’s injury?
The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of Memphis’s Game 3 loss to the San Francisco Warriors in the second round of the playoff series.
The injury appears to have occurred during a half-court trap by the Warriors. Morant initially tried to play through the pain, but came off the bench with about 6:19 left in the final chapter. He looked visibly confused before the Grizzlies’ medical team brought him back to the locker room for further examination.
– Def Pen Hoops (DefPenHoops) May 8, 2022
He had 34 points and seven assists in the match.
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said Warriors guard Jordan Bull grabbed Ja Morant’s knee and tightened it. This is The play in which it took place.
Warriors goalkeeper Jordan Paul was asked after the match about the incident. He said he hasn’t seen a replay yet and saw the clip on a reporter’s phone.
“It was a basketball game,” he said. “I was going for the ball, obviously I don’t want to see anyone get hurt. I’m not even that kind of player. I respect everyone. I hope he gets better. I don’t even play like that.”
Jordan Paul watched the play as he grabbed Ja Morant’s knee on the podium. Here is his response. pic.twitter.com/VhFTmkHlCi
– Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 8, 2022
Morant also tweeted – and later deleted – his thoughts on the incident as well, bringing back Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s words to him, sharing highlights of the play and insinuating that Paul “broke the code”.
“Break the code” pic.twitter.com/Nu1PAfMO1x
– Ja Morant May 8, 2022
How long will Ja Morante stay abroad?
According to Grizzlies coach, Taylor Jenkins, “there’s probably a good chance (Morant) won’t play” in Game Four on Monday.
“There’s probably a good chance I won’t play tomorrow,” Taylor Jenkins said when asked about Ja Morant.
– Om Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) May 8, 2022
We will continue to monitor any updates.
The Grizzlies have scored without Ja Morant this season
There is only one day off between games 3 and 4 in the Warriors vs. Grizzlies series which will affect Morant’s ability to return..
Morant missed 25 games during the regular season, with the Grizzlies setting a record 20-5 in those games.
While that included a win over the Warriors in March, it’s worth noting that Golden State didn’t have Stephen Curry, Draymond Green or Klay Thompson in that game.
The Grizzlies will likely need to rely on their defense in case the Morant can’t go. During two different extended spells without an All-Star guard, the Grizzlies deployed a #1 ranked NBA defense led by Garen Jackson Jr. whose performances without Morant created a furore for Defensive Player of the Year.
Warriors vs. Grizzlies series schedule
Here is the complete schedule for the second round series between the Warriors and the Grizzlies:
|Date||Game||time (Eastern time)||TV channel (USA)|
|May 1||Game 1: Warriors 117, Grizzlies 116|
|May 3||Game 2: Grizzlies 106, Warriors 101|
|May 7||Game 3: Warriors 142, Grizzlies 112|
|May 9||4 . game||10 pm||TNT|
|May 11||5* game||to be announced later on||TNT|
|May 13||6* game||to be announced later on||ESPN|
|May 16||7* game||to be announced later on||TNT|