Hard hit for the Grizzlies. The Memphis team saw their star Ja Morant sprained his left knee this morning during the Hawks’ visit to the FedEx Forum, which will force him to stop for a few weeks to recover. However, at the time of the incident the Tennesseans couldn’t help but imagine the worst, so the news that it was a sprain was almost a relief.
The injury took place in the first quarter, when Morant tried to dribble to the basket surrounded by Huerter and Collins. It was then that the point guard, without apparent contact in the joint, gave the ball to a teammate and began to limp until he dropped to the ground, setting off alarms throughout the pavilion. The Grizzlies medical services accompanied him to the locker room and prepared to perform the pertinent tests to clarify the condition of the joint.
However, there is still no approximate date for his return to the slopes, as the player will have to undergo further tests for it. The knee is a delicate joint in these types of cases, so Morant’s dismissal could be prolonged, but when the time comes he will be able to return to continue his excellent season, something that did not seem so clear when he was seen limping for no apparent reason.
“Seeing how it went down all of a sudden was a shock to the team,” said Jenkins, while Jaren Jackson Jr. made comments along the same lines: “It’s very hard to see something like this. It is not something you want to see during the game.
Hawks don’t slow down
Atlanta, which came in a great moment of form, did not pity the Grizzlies, and added its seventh consecutive victory by a convincing 100-132. The absence of Morant and the uncertainty that it could generate in the heads of his teammates was making a dent in the premises, which ended up being a toy in the hands of McMillan’s in the second half, in which they won by up to 40 points Of diference.
This meant that the visiting stars did not have to play too many minutes, although this did not prevent Trae Young from signing another great performance. The point guard did not need more than 27 minutes to finish with 31 points thanks to his excellent 12/16 shooting from the field, and added 10 assists to sign a new double-double. In addition, Clint Capela and John Collins reached 23 and 21 points respectively, to which the Swiss added 17 rebounds.
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