Bad news came along for the Memphis Grizzlies today, as they announced that rookie point guard Ja Morant will be out on a “week-to-week” basis with aggravated back spasms.
My guess is that this injury is a result of the scary fall he had last Monday against the Indiana Pacers, where he landed on the camera at the baseline. This is a huge blow for the Grizzlies, as Morant has been brilliant this season.
The “Rookie of the Year” frontrunner is averaging 18.6 points, 6.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 steals on a shooting line of 45.7/41.0/76.5 in 17 games. Anytime Morant misses stings, as they’re looking to see the chemistry between him and Jaren Jackson Jr. grow, and to see Morant’s evolution into a bonafide star. It’s going to be interesting to see how cautious they are with him and this injury.
With this injury, you could expect an uptick in minutes for Tyus Jones, who’ll probably start in his place. Maybe, a bigger role and more opportunities could help him break out of his cold shooting slump, as he’s shooting 37.4 percent from the field and 17.9 percent from deep. Another person who’ll see more minutes as a result of this injury is second-year guard De’Anthony Melton, who’s shown promise as a two-way threat as a scorer and plus defender, but has had limited time to display it.
This sucks a lot, as Ja Morant was must-watch TV every night, and any injury to a young star is always scary. Hopefully, it doesn’t keep him out too long, so he could continue to grow as the future of this team.