WATCH: Wild Moments From NBA Game as Ja Morant’s Head Nearly Hits the Backboard While Blocking Lakers Guard’s Layup

Published 01/09/2022, 10:25 PM EST
Jan 9, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) moves the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (20) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Ja Morant’s athleticism has struck the league by storm. He is undoubtedly one of the most athletic guards in the league at the moment. Nevertheless, could that athleticism end up being dangerous for him? His bounce and speed make him a constant poster threat. However, few players expect him to use that on the defensive end. And he caught the Lakers guard Avery Bradley unaware as he snatched his layup from mid-air on a chase-down block.

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Moreover, what was even more mind-boggling was that Ja Morant almost hit his head at the backboard while blocking his shot. While he would love to show off his athleticism in his youth, could this end up being dangerous for him? Take a look at the video of the block for yourself and decide how risky it was.

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What does this mean for the Lakers and Grizzlies?

The last time these two franchises faced each other in the NBA, the game went right down to the wire. Ja Morant had an impressive 41 point double-double. It took a 37 point double-double from LeBron and a Westbrook triple-double to stop Morant but that did not help. The Grizzlies have surprised all experts and NBA Analysts this season. Ja Morant was a highly rated player ever since the Grizzlies drafted him. However, no one expected him to be so impactful so quickly.

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Dec 29, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) grabs the hand of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) after James makes a three point shot during the second half at the FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The duo of Morant and Bane has taken the league by storm. For the Lakers, this game comes after a strong run of performances. Since the Lakers are on a four-game winning streak, they will look to continue the strong form.

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With the small ball lineup they have been implementing, how do you think Anthony Davis will fit into this team once he returns? Or will the Lakers let go of the one strategy that seems to work for them this season? Should they continue with the small ball approach or go back to the conventional big-men line-up? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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