‘My Dawg’: Lakers’ LeBron James and Grizzlies’ Ja Morant Catching Up Post Game

Published 01/06/2021, 12:00 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) brings the ball upcourt against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have made their way to the top of the board with six wins and just two losses. They have won four games consecutively till now, two against the San Antonio Spurs and the latest two against the Memphis Grizzlies. This is largely thanks to LeBron James who has been putting up stellar performances every night.


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Bad news from the clinic for Ja Morant

Things for the Grizzlies couldn’t be worse with their star player, Ja Morant declared out for a few weeks. The Point guard sustained a Grade 2 ankle injury during their second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets in Monday’s game. This happened while he was contesting a shot made by Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.


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Grizzlies announce Ja Morant has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 ankle sprain and is expected to be out 3-5 weeks

Feel better, Ja 🙏 pic.twitter.com/m7F14duW6E

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 29, 2020

Ja then hobbled his way to the sidelines and was immediately taken to the Locker Room. Despite his absence, Memphis landed a victory against the Nets by 116-111 in Overtime, getting their first win of the season.

After that, they’ve only won a single game against the Charlotte Hornets. It’s clear that the Grizzlies are suffering because of Morant’s absence.

LeBron James and Ja Morant bond post-game

Even though Morant is out, he showed up to support his team against the Lakers. After he sat through the sidelines, watching the Lakers defeat the Grizzlies again, he and LeBron had a little chat. From the looks of it, it seemed like they were bonding.

Ja Morant and LeBron chop it up postgame pic.twitter.com/1xMjqiJPXY

— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 6, 2021

LAL secure the win, 94-92, as LeBron takes some time to chat with Ja Morant afterwards.

That’s a 4-game sweep through SAS and MEM as LAL improve to 6-2.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 6, 2021

In fact, the snippet of them talking went viral on social media instantly. Even Morant couldn’t help but repost it with the caption, “My dawg”

my dawg 💯🤝 https://t.co/LAcSjWoQyn

— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 6, 2021


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Morant’s rookie year with the Grizzlies was brilliant. Although most of the attention was drawn away from him to rookie Zion Williamson from the New Orleans Pelicans, he has still established himself as one of the best young prospects, and a rising star of the NBA.

Last season, with his performance, Morant helped the Grizzlies tie the eighth seed with the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite not being able to overcome them and missing the playoffs by an inch, his reputation remains intact. Memphis fans can only hope that Morant gets better soon so that he can help Memphis out of their losing streaks before it’s too late.


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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.