Earlier: Memphis Grizzlies fans–and fans of the NBA in general–are holding their breath hoping for good news regarding point guard Ja Morant.
Morant, the Grizzlies’ electrifying second-year floor general, went down moments ago in a game against the Brooklyn Nets. He appeared to injure his left leg when he landed after contesting a shot by Nets guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Morant immediately hopped off the court on one foot before being tended to near the bench area. The 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair.
You can check out the film below.
Ja was taken off the floor in a wheelchair after an apparent lower leg injury
Prayers up 🙏 pic.twitter.com/OBY7QVjAcK
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 29, 2020
Ja Morant taken to the locker room in a wheelchair after appearing to injure his left ankle. Was writhing on the ground – very difficult to watch. pic.twitter.com/p3gZbQavQn
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) December 29, 2020
Morant has been everything Memphis hoped he would be when they made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Last year, he averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game in his Rookie of the Year campaign.
This season, Morant went off for 72 points and 16 assists in his first two games of the season before getting injured tonight. Hopefully, he’s not seriously hurt and won’t miss much time.
We will update you with any news on Morant’s status.
Update: Morant is officially out for the rest of the night with a sprained left ankle.
Grizzlies’ Ja Morant has a left ankle sprain, will not return tonight.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 29, 2020
He’ll miss some additional games because of this, but hopefully it won’t be too long of an absence.