Ja Morant Exits Grizzlies vs. Nets With Left Ankle Injury


Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant exited Memphis' matchup with the Nets on Monday with a left ankle sprain. 

Morant landed on the foot of Nets forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot in the second quarter on Monday as he contested a jump shot. Memphis' second-year guard was taken off the floor in a wheelchair before returning to the bench in a boot. 

After the game, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins didn't provide an official update on Morant's status but said the guard would continue to be evaluated.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, X-rays on Morant's left ankle revealed no fracture, and the team will await the results of an MRI as soon as Tuesday.

Morant got off to a blistering start to 2020-21 after winning Rookie of the Year last season. He scored 44 points in an opening-night loss to the Spurs, adding 28 points and seven assists against the Hawks on Dec. 26. Memphis selected Morant with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Memphis enters 2020-21 seeking its first playoff appearance since 2017. The Grizzlies logged seven straight postseason berths from 2011-17, though the franchise has never reached the NBA Finals