Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant injured his ankle on Monday during the team’s 116-111 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets.
After receiving further tests on Tuesday, it was established that Morant suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain, which means that he is going to be out for at least three to five weeks.
Morant injured the ankle while trying to defend a shot by Timothe Luwawu-Caborrot. Morant landed on Luwawu-Cabarrot’s foot and rolled his ankle in the process. The Memphis training staff took all precautions and put Morant in a wheelchair before heading to the locker room.
Morant came back to the bench later with his foot in a walking boot.
The Grizzlies need their star player if they want to be competitive this year. Morant was last year’s NBA Rookie of the Year and almost led Memphis to the playoffs in a season in which most experts expected the Grizzlies to have one of the worst records in the league.
The Grizzlies are already depleted with Jaren Jackson Jr. still recovering from knee surgery and Justise Winslow working his way back to health after suffering a hip injury.
Morant led the team in scoring last year averaging 17.8 points per game and scored a career-high 44 points in the first game of this season.