Ja Morant’s aggressive playing type is a part of what makes him such a special talent, but it additionally makes him inclined to injuries. A few scary falls led to some missed video games final season, and in Monday’s sport towards the Brooklyn Nets, Morant suffered what the team is describing as a sprained left ankle. Thankfully, there is no such thing as a fracture, in accordance with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and the team is now awaiting outcomes on an MRI scheduled for Tuesday.
The injury got here with 2:43 left within the second quarter and the Grizzlies main the Nets 51-45. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot went up for a jumper, and Morant, flying in from behind him, made a wild try at blocking his shot. Instead, he landed on Luwawu-Cabarrot’s foot, seemingly twisting his ankle. He instantly hopped off of the court in significant ache and had to be taken again to the locker room in a wheelchair.
Ja Morant forced to leave the game in a wheelchair 🙏🏼
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) December 29, 2020
Morant began this season on an absolute tear, averaging 36 factors and eight assists within the first two Grizzlies games of the season. Memphis can’t afford to lose him for any significant time frame given the other accidents it’s already coping with. Jaren Jackson Jr. has not played but this season due to knee harm, and Justice Winslow continues to be recovering from hip harm sustained in a practice ahead of the Orlando bubble restart.
Positive sufficient, Brooklyn was trailing by six when Morant went down, and by halftime, they’d already reclaimed the lead, 55-54. The Grizzlies want Morant if they plan to push for the playoffs within the ultra-competitive Western Convention.