What happened to Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant? When is he going to be back from his injury?
Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant exited midway through the fourth quarter of Memphis’ 128-112 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the first-round series between the teams on Sunday afternoon after suffering a hand injury.
Morant landed awkwardly on his outstretched right hand after attempting a dunk and colliding midair with Lakers big man Anthony Davis. Clearly in pain, Morant immediately subbed out of the game and headed back to the locker room. He ultimately returned to the Grizzlies’ bench, but he didn’t re-enter the game. He appeared to have his hand and wrist area wrapped when he was back on the bench. There were no breaks or fractures in Morant’s hand, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. His status for Game 2 is unclear, and it is being described as a pain tolerance issue.
The Lakers led 105-101 when Morant exited the game. Memphis was outscored 23-11 the rest of the way, including a 15-0 run by L.A. to close the contest. The Grizzlies now find themselves down 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. Prior to hurting his hand, Morant played 30 minutes and tallied 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
When is Ja Morant going to be back from his injury?
As it turns out, Morant is a doubt for the next game and his date of return has not been revealed.
After the game, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said that X-rays on Morant’s hand came back negative, which is good news for Memphis. The star guard on Sunday told reporters that he’s in “a good bit of pain” and added that his status for the next game is “in jeopardy.”
Morant’s health is obviously of supreme importance for Memphis moving forward. The Grizzlies are already without key contributors Steven Adams and Brandon Clarke for the entirety of their playoff run, and they simply can’t afford to lose anyone else for an extended period, especially their All-Star point guard.