Grizzlies All-Star Morant week by week with sprained ankle


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Grizzlies All-Star guard Ja Morant has a sprained left ankle that will keep him sidelined for at least a week and possibly longer.

Memphis announced Saturday that Morant suffered a Grade 1 sprain during Friday night’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Team officials said in a statement that Morant’s return schedule will be week-by-week with updates provided as appropriate.

Morant left the 121-110 victory late after scoring 19 points and providing 11 assists. Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said after the game that Morant “pinched” his ankle with further evaluation of severity Saturday.

The Grizzlies visit Brooklyn on Sunday night.

Memphis just got forward Jaren Jackson Jr. back this week from June surgery on a stress fracture in his right foot, and the Grizzlies announced Tuesday that guard Desmond Bane sprained the big toe in his right foot and will be reevaluated in Two or three weeks. after being injured in a win over Minnesota on November 11.

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Morant ranks 9th in the NBA averaging 28.6 points per game with Bane ranking 15th at the time of his injury averaging 24.7 points. Bane is also shooting 45.1% on 3-pointers this season and ranks sixth with 46 3-pointers made.

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