The harm bug simply will not cease biting the Grizzlies.
Memphis’ depth took one other important hit after Ja Morant went down with an ankle harm throughout a Dec. 28 recreation in opposition to the Nets. The Grizzlies, already coping with the absences of Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) and Justise Winslow (hip), should now determine a method to survive an prolonged stretch with out the 2019-20 Rookie of the Yr award winner.
What’s subsequent for the Memphis star? Here is the whole lot we find out about Morant’s harm and the newest information on when he could return to the courtroom.
What’s Ja Morant’s harm?
Throughout the second quarter of the sport between the Grizzlies and Nets, Morant tried to dam a Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot bounce shot. Morant landed on Luwawu-Cabarrot’s foot and instantly hopped off the ground. He was finally taken to the locker room in a wheelchair.
Morant was later dominated out for the remainder of the competition with a left ankle sprain. Preliminary X-rays confirmed Morant averted a fracture, and the Grizzlies introduced Dec. 29 that Morant had suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain.
How lengthy will Ja Morant be out?
Memphis estimates Morant can be out three to 5 weeks. Different gamers who’ve suffered Grade 2 ankle sprains managed to return in 19 days on common, so there’s some hope Morant could make a fast comeback.
Ja Morant joins a formidable checklist of gamers to maintain G2 ankle sprains sooner or later of their profession, together with level guards Kyle Lowry, Deron Williams, Mike Conley, and Kemba Walker. Common missed time was ~19 days and ~eight video games
— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) December 29, 2020
Here is a have a look at when Morant could also be accessible to rejoin the beginning lineup primarily based on the Grizzlies’ timeline:
|Jan. 20||at Path Blazers|
|Jan. 22||at Path Blazers|
|Jan. 24||vs. Kings|
|Jan. 25||vs. Kings|
|Jan. 27||vs. Bulls|
|Jan. 30||at Spurs|
|Feb. 1||at Spurs|
|Feb. 2||at Pacers|
What’s subsequent for the Grizzlies?
Even when Morant solely sits out three weeks of motion, that would go away the Grizzlies with out their greatest participant for 11 video games. Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins might want to get artistic together with his rotation with a purpose to stop a significant drop within the standings.
The Grizzlies haven’t got one other participant on their roster able to creating for himself and others like Morant, so a number of guys might want to step up. Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jonas Valanciunas and Brandon Clarke will all see their utilization percentages bounce over the following few weeks, and backup level guard Tyus Jones ought to obtain a giant increase in minutes.
Within the unforgiving Western Convention, a foul 11-game stretch could possibly be sufficient to destroy a workforce’s playoff hopes. Bear in mind, it is a 72-game season. We’re speaking about 15-20 p.c of all the schedule right here relying on how lengthy Morant is caught on the bench.
Memphis will preserve the lengthy view and never rush Morant again earlier than he’s prepared. That is what’s greatest for the franchise’s future. Sadly, it might additionally imply lacking out on the 2021 NBA playoffs.