After just nine games in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies announced that standout guard Ja Morant will miss the remainder of the season due to injury.
The premier player for the Grizzlies was playing well. After his return, he spurred the club to a 4-0 run. In nine games, Morant averaged 25.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 8.1 assists. He made 27.5% and 47.1% of his 3-point shots.Prior to Morant’s comeback, the Grizzlies were 6-19; however, they had improved to 13-23 and were 7-4 since then.
How is Ja Morant doing?
Morant’s right shoulder suffered a ruptured labrum. The Grizzlies standout will have surgery to end his season.After serving a 25-game suspension for displaying a gun on Instagram Live in May, the 24-year-old had just returned.
In March of last year, he received an eight-game suspension for the same violation. Morant is the second player after Grizzlies center Steven Adams to miss the full season due to injury.
Since making his return, Morant has missed two games. The first occurred on December 28 against the Denver Nuggets as a result of an illness. Due to a shoulder injury that will keep him out of action for the season, he was unable to play in the Grizzlies’ final game against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
During a workout on Saturday, Morant hurt himself. The Grizzlies disclosed that Morant has a subluxation. He obtained an MRI after experiencing instability and soreness, which showed he had a labrum rupture.For this kind of damage, the recovery period is normally six months.
Ja Morant’s injury’s effects on the Grizzlies
More damage has been done to the Grizzlies’ chances of making the playoffs by Morant’s injury. Memphis, with a 13-23 record, is ranked 13th in the West. In the standings, it is 4.5 games behind the LA Lakers, who are in 10th place. In addition, the Grizzlies are without important players like Brandon Clarke and Steven Adams, which has led to a miserable 3–13 start to the season.
After trailing the Grizzlies 6-19, Morant’s heroics led the team to four consecutive victories. Memphis appeared to be the same team as it had the previous three seasons. But the injury might prevent the Grizzlies from making the playoffs.
Although Desmond Bane, Marcus Smart, and Jaren Jackson Jr. have been playing well lately, their on-court leader’s absence is a severe loss, particularly since Adams and Clarke, two of their most dependable role players, are also sidelined.
With what they have, the Grizzlies should be able to compete for the rest of the season. They might pull off a surprise during the business end of the regular season, given how unpredictable the West can be.
On Monday night, the Memphis Grizzlies revealed that Ja Morant would miss the whole season due to a shoulder injury. According to reports, “G12” sustained the injury during team practice prior to Sunday’s matchup with the Phoenix Suns. Memphis did more testing after ruling him out.
His right shoulder dislocation will require surgery to correct, according to the MRI. After serving a 25-game sentence for flashing a gun during an Instagram Live video, Morant appeared in nine games. Memphis had won the same number of games when he was serving his suspension, 6-3, as he was on the field.
It is said that shoulder injuries take one to three hours. The magnitude of the injuries and the required repairs will determine how long Ja Morant will be in the operating room. However, the Memphis Grizzlies anticipate that he will return and be prepared for the 2024–2025 NBA season.
The second Grizzlies player to have surgery that will terminate the season is Morant. Steven Adams will not be able to play for the team after undergoing a PCL operation on his right knee during the summer. Memphis had a lot of trouble playing without them. After the announcement of Morant, they’ll probably be following that pattern once more.