Ja Moranta injury news: Grizzlies star expected to miss Game 4 against Warriors with knee injury

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Memphis Grizzlies play Ja Morant is expected to miss the fourth game of his team’s second round series against the Golden State Warriors, revealed coach Taylor Jenkins Sunday. Morant injured his knee in the second half of Saturday’s 3-game defeat by the Warriors.

Jenkins confirmed the injury happened when the Warriors guard Jordan Poole pulled to Morant’s knee when seemingly catching the ball. The moment came with 6:19 by the end of the fourth quarter, and Morant was then excluded from the game.

Morant then tweeted that Poole had “broken the code,” but quickly deleted that tweet. That referred to what Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Grizzlies winger Dillon Brooks, who was suspended in Game 3 after committing a flagrant offense against Warriors guard Gary Payton II in Game 2, who suffered an elbow fracture in the game. While Brooks is suspended for participating in a Payton II injury, Poole will not to receive any punishment from the league for their actions.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson was not happy with Morant’s accusation. “I personally. I went through a severe knee injury. And I don’t think Jordan has any bad intentions,” Thompson said. “I don’t even think he’s strong enough to affect someone’s knee, but we’re not trying to hurt people or trying to hit people in the back of the head in a quick break. We’re playing the game the right way.”

Morant was great in this series, averaging 38.3 points, 8.3 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game, but the Grizzlies managed to hold out without Morant for most of the season. Memphis were 20-5 without Moranta during the regular season, which helped them win 2nd place in the Western Conference. Things were harder in this series though. The Grizzlies played against Golden State for 29 minutes without Moranta and lost that time by 32 points. Tyus Jones will probably start in place of Morant if he really isn’t able to play. Brooks should also return to the starting lineup with the suspension served.

Golden State leads 2-1 in the series, and by winning the 1st game in Memphis, they stole the advantage of the home field for the Grizzlies. Memphis needed to win at least one of the last two games in San Francisco to win this series, and since Morant is expected to miss Game 4, it will become a lot harder.

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