Jordan Poole definitely grabbed and pulled Ja Moranta by the knee; whether he intended to hurt him is not a matter

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday and took a 2-1 lead, and this was not the only defeat the Memphis suffered. Ja Morant limped off the field with obvious discomfort in his right knee at 6:19 of the fourth quarter and did not return. The Grizzlies said so on Sunday Morant is suspicious for the 4th game on Monday. Memphis were pretty adamant after losing the 3rd game that Jordan Poole was to blame for Morant’s injury.

The show in question happened with just over seven minutes into the game. Morant found himself in a double team close to half the field by Poole and Andrew Wiggins. Poole threw the ball out, and while Morant and Wiggins were fighting for possession, Poole quite clearly grabbed Morant’s right knee and pulled him back.

Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said Sunday that this game resulted in Morant’s injury. Look at:

You can see in the overlapping screenshot that Morant tweeted “broke the code” in a clear blow to Steve Kerr, who “broke the code” with Dillon Brooks stabbing right and left since Brooks took Gary Payton II from the air, who broke his elbow, early in game 2 with a wild swing to the head. Morant quickly deleted the tweet, but the Grizzlies ’feelings on this Poole game are clear.

“We were just watching a replay,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins told reporters Saturday night. “He wanted to dribble and Jordan Poole actually grabbed him by the knee and pulled him off, which triggered everything that happened, so I’m actually going to be very curious what happens next.”

Jenkins initially said the Grizzlies would consider the league examining Poole’s actions, with implications that the act might prove worthy of suspension. However, The Athletic reported on Sunday that the NBA will do nothing against Poole.

There is no evidence, of course, that this interaction was actually the cause of Morant’s injury, or even that it exacerbated the previous one. Morant was bothered by this knee at different moments of the playoffs, and there were other games in the 3rd game that could have been the culprit.

Predictably, none of this prevents Jenkins from continuing to claim that Poole’s actions did indeed cause Morant’s injury.

Of course, everyone with the Warriors laughed at the idea that what Poole did could be considered a dirty game. Steve Kerr said he had no comment on Poole’s actions because “there was nothing to comment on” but Kerr had something to say when Marcus Smart, while chasing a lost ball, just like Poole, dived to the floor and accidentally landed on Curry’s. foot, inadvertently injuring him, so that you judge what hypocrisy is.

Stephen Curry said it was no joke that Morant was hurt, but that “there is no comparison” between what Poole did, which Curry believes is “nothing malicious”, and what Brooks did to Payton, adding that the suggestion was that Poole did anything dirty is “complete BS.”

So here’s the deal: it’s not BS. You can’t watch that video and come to any conclusion except that Poole definitely grabbed Morant’s knee and pulled him back. Was he trying to hurt Morant? I seriously doubt it. I guess Poole threw the ball out, and is in an impulsive attempt to prevent Morant from getting it back and given the low position his hands were already in, he grabbed everything he could, which happened to be Morant’s knee, to keep him.

If Poole had grabbed Morant’s jersey and pulled it back, it would simply have been a foul. But he didn’t grab the jersey. He grabbed his knee. Then he withdrew. It’s dangerous. There are no two ways about it.

Injury does not matter here. Brooks almost certainly had no intention of injuring Payton. He saw the guy dunk and wanted to stop him from doing so. The savage swung in an attempt to prevent the opponent from scoring, not injuring him. But he hurt him. He took that risk when he decided to swing close to the guy’s head.

In the end, all that matters is what Poole did and what potential he had to injure the opposing player. Knees are no joke. You can’t catch and pull them. It is clearly seen that Morant’s knee is bending in the wrong direction.

Players do this kind of impulsive thing from time to time when trying to gain leverage, or perhaps more often, when desperately trying to avoid losing. Earlier in the game, Desmond Bane lost the ball and in an attempt to prevent Poole from regaining it, he plunged his head straight into Poole’s knees.

Earlier in the series, Morant was beaten in dribble and swung his knee straight into Curry’s knee and tripped him.

Again, these are impulsive performances that happen more than you think. Grayson Allen has been tripping opponents since college. But two injustices do not do right. Just because what Poole did is more subtle than what Brooks did with Payton doesn’t mean it wasn’t a big deal. They should not be judged in comparison to each other. They were independent actions. The only question is whether what Poole did was unnecessary and or excessive.

Poole called it a “basketball game.” I assure you that there is no normal game of basketball that involves grabbing an opponent’s knee and pulling back. I don’t believe it was intentional. I don’t know if it actually caused the injury or made the previous one worse or none of the above. All I know is that Poole undeniably grabbed Morant’s knee. He didn’t attack him. He held it and pulled it back. From that point on, in terms of the intent or cause of the injury or wherever else you want to have a conversation, it’s all debatable. But if you say that Poole did nothing, intentionally or otherwise, you are not being honest.

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