How long is Ja Morant out? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Grizzlies star
The injury bug just will not stop biting the Grizzlies.
Memphis’ depth took another significant hit after Ja Morant went down with an ankle injury during a Dec. 28 video game versus the Webs. The Grizzlies, currently dealing with the absences of Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) and Justise Winslow (hip), need to now find out a way to make it through an extended stretch without the 2019-20 Novice of the Year award winner.
What’s next for the Memphis star? Here’s everything we know about Morant’s injury and the latest news on when he may return to the court.
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© Offered by Sporting News ja-morant-122820-getty-ftr What is Ja Morant’s injury?
Throughout the second quarter of the video game in between the Grizzlies and Nets, Morant tried to block a Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot jump shot. Morant arrived at Luwawu-Cabarrot’s foot and immediately hopped off the flooring. He was ultimately taken to the locker space in a wheelchair.
Morant was later eliminated for the rest of the contest with a left ankle sprain. Initial X-rays revealed Morant prevented a fracture, and the Grizzlies revealed Dec. 29 that Morant had actually suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain.
For how long will Ja Morant be out?
Memphis approximates Morant will be out three to 5 weeks. Other players who have actually suffered Grade 2 ankle sprains managed to return in 19 days usually, so there is some hope Morant can make a quick resurgence.
Here’s an appearance at when Morant may be offered to rejoin the starting lineup based upon the Grizzlies’ timeline:
Date Challenger Jan. 20 at Path Blazers Jan. 22 at Trail Sports Jackets Jan. 24 vs. Kings Jan. 25 vs. Kings Jan. 27 vs. Bulls Jan. 30 at Spurs Feb. 1 at Spurs Feb. 2 at Pacers What’s next for the Grizzlies?
Even if Morant just sits out three weeks of action, that would leave the Grizzlies without their best player for 11 video games. Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins will require to get imaginative with his rotation in order to avoid a significant drop in the standings.
The Grizzlies don’t have another gamer on their lineup efficient in developing for himself and others like Morant, so several people will require to step up. Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jonas Valanciunas and Brandon Clarke will all see their usage percentages jump over the next couple of weeks, and backup point guard Tyus Jones should receive a big increase in minutes.
In the unforgiving Western Conference, a bad 11-game stretch could be enough to destroy a team’s playoff hopes. Keep in mind, this is a 72-game season. We’re speaking about 15-20 percent of the whole schedule here depending on how long Morant is stuck on the bench.
Memphis will keep the viewpoint and not hurry Morant back before he is ready. That’s what’s finest for the franchise’s future. Sadly, it could likewise imply losing out on the 2021 NBA playoffs.