Grizzlies’ Ja Morant leaves court in wheelchair with evident left ankle injury versus Internet
© Kathy Willens, AP Grizzlies guard Ja Morant
It was the worst sight for Memphis Grizzlies fans: Ja Morant hopping off the court without putting any weight on his left ankle.
The NBA’s ruling Rookie of the Year leaped to block a shot by the Brooklyn Webs’ Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot with 2:43 left in the second quarter Monday night. Morant came down on Luwawu-Cabarrot’s foot, turning his ankle, and hobbled off the floor to the baseline.
After being tended to by Grizzlies fitness instructors, Morant was taken to the locker space in a wheelchair. The team announced in the 3rd quarter that Morant was out for the remainder of the game due to a left ankle sprain.
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Morant had seven points and three helps in 12 minutes before the injury. For a group currently down numerous gamers due to injuries, losing Morant is another blow to the lineup.
Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow are already out with no timetable for their return. De’Anthony Melton is likewise not with the team due to health and wellness protocols.
The Grizzlies prepared to rely heavy on Morant this season to carry the load, and he’s done that early in his second season. He had a career-high 44 points in the season opener versus the San Antonio Spurs.
Morant has averaged 36 points in the team’s first 2 games. The Grizzlies struggled to score without him on the court and now will need to do so for an unidentified duration of time.
This short article initially appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Grizzlies’ Ja Morant leaves court in wheelchair with apparent left ankle injury against Internet
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