Ja Morant injury update: The Grizzlies star is expected to miss Match 4 against the Warriors with a knee injury

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Memphis Grizzlies guard point Ja Morante He is expected to miss match 4 of his team’s second round series against Golden State WarriorsAnd Coach Taylor Jenkins revealed Sunday. Morant injured his knee in the second half of Saturday’s game three loss to the Warriors.

Jenkins confirmed that the injury occurred while guarding the Warriors Jordan Paul snatch on Morant’s knee When you hit it seems to get the ball. The moment came with 6:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, and Morant was removed from the match then.

Morant then tweeted that Paul had “break the code,” but quickly deleted that tweet. This was in reference to what Warriors coach Steve Kerr had said about the Grizzlies winger Dillon Brooks،, who was suspended for match 3 after committing a flagrant foul on the Warriors goalkeeper Gary Payton II In Game 2, who broke his elbow while playing. While Brooks has stopped playing due to his role in Payton’s second injury, Paul will do so He does not face any punishment of league for his actions.

guarding warriors Klay Thompson He was not happy about Morant’s accusation. “Personally, I’ve gone through a pretty bad knee injury. And I don’t think there was any malicious intent from Jordan,” Thompson She said. “I don’t even think it’s strong enough to hit someone’s knee, but we’re not trying to hurt people or trying to hurt people in the back of the head on a quick break. We’re playing the game the right way.”

Morant was excellent in the series, averaging 38.3 points, 8.3 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game, but the Grizzlies managed to survive without Morant for most of the season. Memphis went 20-5 without Morant during the regular season, which helped her earn the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference in the process. But things were more difficult in this series. The Grizzlies played 29 minutes without Morant against Golden State and lost those minutes by 32 points. Teos Jones Morant will likely start if he is already unable to play. Brooks should return to the starting line-up with his suspension.

Golden State leads the series 2-1, and by winning Game 1 in Memphis, he stole the home ground advantage from the Grizzlies. The Memphis needed to win at least one of their last two games in San Francisco to win this series, and with Morant expected to miss Game 4, that will become even more difficult.