Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, who sprained his left ankle against the Brooklyn Nets in the second quarter on Monday in New York, is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam, according to the Grizzlies’ TV broadcast and ESPN.
Per both reports, X-rays didn’t reveal a fracture.
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said his team’s 116-111 overtime win, “So tough to see Ja go down. I know he’s going to bounce back and be fine. We’ll have more updates as we’re going through, but so far so good.”
Morant tweeted, “‘every setback is a setup for a comeback. God wants to bring you out better than you were before.’ heard you (prayer hands emoji) (heart emoji)”
Morant got hurt trying to block a mid-range jumper by Brooklyn’s Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot with 2:43 remaining in the half. He landed on Luwawu-Cabarrot’s foot and immediately fell to the ground while getting called for a foul.
Morant, 21, was helped off the court and was then placed in a wheelchair to return to the locker room and did not return to the game. He later sat on the team’s bench with a walking boot on his left foot.
Before the injury, Morant scored seven points on 2-of-7 shooting in 13 minutes.
Morant entered the game averaging 36 points through the Grizzlies’ first two games. He scored a career-high 44 in the season opener against the San Antonio Spurs.