Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant leaves game in wheelchair, has sprained ankle

Grizzlies star Ja Morant injury
Dec 26, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) handles the ball against Atlanta Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter (12) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The winless Memphis Grizzlies are only three games into the 2020-21 season and could be dealing with a serious injury to star guard Ja Morant.

During Monday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, Ja Morant exited late in the second quarter with what looked to be a serious leg injury. As you can tell in the video below, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year was hobbled big time.

Morant eventually had to be helped to the locker room via a wheelchair before returning to the Grizzlies’ bench with a walking boot. However, there’s seemingly some good news on this front.

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Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant diagnosed with an ankle sprain

This piece of information comes to us via Shams Charania of The Athletic. Morant was obviously ruled out for the remainder of the game. Further tests will dictate how long the star guard will be sidelined. If it’s a high-ankle sprain, we’re looking at a multi-week absence.

As for the Grizzlies, this comes with fellow stud youngster Jared Jackson Jr. sidelined after he suffered a knee injury during the NBA restart in Orlando last season.

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Impact of the Ja Morant injury

Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant injury
Dec 16, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) reacts during the second half against Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

At this point, it would be reckless to speculate how long Ja Morant will be sidelined. Obviously, further tests need to be conducted. The No. 2 overall pick of the Grizzlies back in 2019, Morant averaged 17.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists on a stellar 48% shooting from the field as a rookie. Thus far this season, he was averaging 36 points prior to Monday’s unfortunate injury.

With that said, an ankle sprain would be tremendous news for Ja Morant and his Grizzlies after what we saw immediately following the injury in Brooklyn Monday evening.

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