The Memphis Grizzlies will be heading into Game 2 of their first-round playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers looking to even up the series. The Grizz struggled in the series opener and as a result, could be looking at an 0-2 deficit if they can’t get it done Wednesday evening. But, there is one question, in particular, all fans will have ahead of tip-off. Is Ja Morant playing in Game 2 vs Lakers?
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Ja Morant Injury Status vs Lakers
Morant suffered a scary hand injury on Sunday and had to leave the game because of it. Ahead of this contest, the All-Star guard esd listed as questionable on the NBA’s official injury report. However, he was eventually RULED OUT for the game, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Ja described his pain tolerance as a 10 out of 10 after the game, but thankfully, nothing is broken. It’s just a soft tissue bruise. He actually initially suffered the injury on April 7th against the Milwaukee Bucks and then re-aggravated it Sunday.
Before departing, Morant had 18 points, six rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes of action in Game 1. The fact that he’s questionable is a promising sign considering the 23-year-old could barely take the pain a few days ago. It doesn’t appear this is an ailment that’s going to heal anytime soon, which means he’ll just need to be smarter when attacking the hoop and rising above as he did.
Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, with Morant sidelined, they are in serious trouble of falling to a 2-0 hole. Expect Tyus Jones to take over the starting point guard role with his teammate unavailable in Game 2. Luke Kennard should also see more minutes.
So to answer the question, is Ja Morant playing tonight? The answer is no.
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