Ja Morant Doubtful to Return During Playoffs After Game 3 Knee Injury (UPDATE)

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant apparently isn't happy with how his knee injury occurred during Game 3. He quickly deleted a clip with Jordan Poole.

This is a photo of Ja Morant.

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This is a photo of Ja Morant.

UPDATED 5/10, 6:12 p.m. ET: According to ESPN, the Grizzles announced Ja Morant is doubtful for the rest of the playoffs due to a bone bruise in his knee.

Breaking: Ja Morant has a bone bruise in his right knee and is doubtful for the remainder of the playoffs, the Grizzlies announced. pic.twitter.com/A73iMhDHvn

— ESPN (@espn) May 10, 2022

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Following the Memphis Grizzles’ 142-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3, Ja Morant wanted to set the record straight about his knee injury.

Morant got injured late in the fourth quarter and was visibly limping off the court during a timeout. After the game, he tweeted and deleted a clip of his apparent knee injury. He wrote “broke the code,” in reference to Warriors coach Steve Kerr saying Dillon Brooks “broke the code” when he earned a flagrant 2 foul for a hard hit on Gary Payton II in Game 2.

Ja Morant reacted to Jordan Poole grabbing his knee.

(via @JaMorant) pic.twitter.com/9XhvkPfYxG

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 8, 2022

Grizzles head coach Taylor Jenkins seems to think it was intentional and that his knee was “yanked.” Jenkins says Morant is being evaluated.

“He was going after a dribble and Jordan Poole grabbed his knee and yanked it,” Jenkins said. “I’m going to be very curious to see what happens after that.”

Ja Morant leaving the arena with a visible limp. He did not take any questions from the media. @NBATV @NBAonTNT #Ja pic.twitter.com/uZztkSIChW

— Jared Greenberg (@JaredSGreenberg) May 8, 2022

During the postgame presser, Poole was shown the video of him allegedly grabbing Morant’s knee. He said,

“It was a basketball play…I hit the ball and I was going for the ball. Obviously you don’t want to see anybody get hurt. I’m not even that type of player. I respect everybody. Hopefully he gets better.”

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Morant had 34 points, three rebounds, seven assists and three steals before his injury. He got everyone excited when he hit a shot at half court before the buzzer.


— NBA (@NBA) May 8, 2022

Game 4 is scheduled for Monday at Chase Center at 10 p.m. ET, with the Warriors leading the series 2-1.

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