WATCH: Grizzlies’ Ja Morant Wheeled Out of Game After Ankle Injury

Published 12/28/2020, 9:58 PM EST
Dec 28, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) blocks a shot by Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Ja Morant suffered an injury during the Memphis Grizzlies game against the Brooklyn Nets. Morant, who started the season really well, fell awkwardly on his ankle, and immediately came off the court after getting hurt. He was looked at by medical staff members immediately, and they decided to take him off the court.


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Prayers for Ja 🙏

— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) December 29, 2020


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Ja Morant lands awkwardly

Grizzlies’ Ja Morant has a left ankle sprain, will not return tonight.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 29, 2020

Morant landed awkwardly on his ankle when he was trying to contest a shot. It appeared as though he was significantly hurt as soon as he landed, as he hobbled to the bench as quickly as he landed to the floor. The medical staff later reported that Morant had a sprained ankle and would not be returning to the floor for the remainder of the game.

Ja Morant has returned to the Grizzlies bench and is wearing a boot on his left foot.

— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) December 29, 2020

Morant eventually came back out to the floor, only to sit out on the bench. He was spotted with a boot on his left ankle, meaning that his injury is significant enough to warrant some padding. Morant will undergo further testing after the game in order to understand the severity of the injury.

X-Rays on Memphis guard Ja Morant's left ankle reveal no fracture, sources tell ESPN. Team will await results of an MRI as soon as Tuesday.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 29, 2020

It remains to be seen how long Morant will be out for. The Grizzlies will hope that he will not be on the shelf for a long period of time. Despite their 0-2 start this season, Morant has been a standout this season for the Grizzlies. He scored 44 points in their opening game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Tough loss for Memphis Grizzlies


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Dec 12, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) moves to the basket against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (20) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Morant had an excellent rookie year with the Grizzlies. While all the attention went to Zion Williamson prior to the season beginning, Morant quickly established himself as one of the best young prospects in the NBA. Due to his performances, he was able to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to the tied-eighth seed in the western conference. However, he did not have enough to help the Grizzlies overcome the Portland Trail Blazers.

For his spectacular season, Morant won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Going into the year, many expected Zion Williamson to waltz to the Rookie of the Year accolade because of how much hype was surrounding him. But there can be no complaints about Morant winning the award.


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Grizzlies fans can breathe a sigh of relief, for Morant only suffered a sprained ankle. While no injury is ideal in the NBA, a sprained ankle only keeps Morant out for a few games, as opposed to a long stretch of the NBA season.


Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.