Grizzlies’ Ja Morant out 3-5 weeks with Grade 2 ankle sprain

The Memphis Grizzlies announced on Tuesday afternoon that star point guard Ja Morant is expected to miss the next three to five weeks due to what has been diagnosed as a Grade 2 left ankle sprain.

Morant responded to the news via social media shortly after it appeared on the club’s website:

The 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year suffered the injury during a 116-111 overtime victory over the Nets on Monday when he attempted to block a shot by Brooklyn’s Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and landed awkwardly on Luwawu-Cabarrot’s foot. The injury initially appeared more severe, as Morant required a wheelchair to exit the court. However, X-rays showed he suffered no fracture.

Morant has averaged 26.3 points, 6.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 33.3% from three-point range and 54.5% from the field over three games.

Memphis sits at 1-2 heading into Wednesday’s contest at the Boston Celtics.

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