Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is expected to miss Game 4 of his team’s second-round series against the Golden State Warriors. Coach Taylor Jenkins revealed Sunday. Morant injured his knee in the second half of Saturday’s Game 3 loss to the Warriors.
Jenkins confirmed the injury occurred while Warriors were guarding Jordan Poolewhile seemingly swiping for the ball. The moment came at 6:19 in the fourth quarter, and Morant was then removed from the game.
Morant then tweeted that Poole “broke the code” but quickly deleted that tweet. It was in reference to what Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks, who was suspended for Game 3 after committing a flagrant foul on Warriors guard Gary Payton II in Game 2, who fell during the game had broken his elbow. While Brooks was given a one-game suspension for his involvement in Payton II’s injury, Poole will not subject to punishment out of the league for his actions.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson was not happy with Morant’s allegation. “I personally. I went through a serious knee injury. And I don’t think Jordan has any malicious intent,” Thompson said. “I don’t even think he’s strong enough to break someone’s knee, but we’re not out there trying to hurt people or hit people in the back of the head at a quick break. We’re playing the game right.”
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Morant has been outstanding in that streak, averaging 38.3 points, 8.3 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game, but the Grizzlies managed to survive most of the season without Morant. Memphis went 20-5 without Morant in the regular season, helping them finish No. 2 in the Western Conference. In this series, however, it was more difficult. The Grizzlies played 29 minutes without a Morant against Golden State and lost those minutes by 32 points. Tyus Jones will likely start in Morant’s place if he is actually unable to play. Brooks should also return to the starting lineup after serving his suspension.
Golden State leads the series 2-1, and by winning Game 1 in Memphis, they stole home field advantage from the Grizzlies. Memphis needed to win at least one of their last two games in San Francisco to win that series, and with Morant expected to miss Game 4, that will be a lot harder.
https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/ja-morant-injury-update-grizzlies-star-likely-to-miss-game-4-vs-warriors-with-knee-injury/ Ja Morant Injury Update: Grizzlies star likely to miss Game 4 vs Warriors with knee injury