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REPORT: Ja Morant (back) upgraded to probable for Grizzlies vs. Warriors on Monday

Ja Morant, Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies may be getting their prized rookie Ja Morant back for Monday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

Morant has missed the team’s last four games due to back spasms but is now listed as probable for the team’s next game.

After dominating in his senior season at Murray State, Morant was selected by the Grizzlies with the No. 2 pick of this past NBA Draft. So far, the 6-foot-3 guard has showcased his elite athleticism as well as scoring and playmaking ability.

Prior to the injury, Morant was averaging 18.6 points (most among rookies), 6.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals.

With stellar young talent such as Morant and second-year big man Jaren Jackson Jr., the Grizzlies have a solid base for the future. However, as of now, they are still a young team still trying to find their footing.

Memphis went 1-3 in Morant’s absence and are currently 6-16 on the year, which puts them at 13th in the Western Conference.

Regardless, Morant’s return is exactly what the team needs, especially against a Warriors squad that is struggling just as much as the Grizzlies.

If Morant is once again ruled out for the Golden State game on Monday, an away game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday would be the next opportunity for the rookie to get back on the court.

In his stead, fifth-year point guard Tyus Jones has averaged 7.3 points and 5.75 assists in his four starts.

Morant’s injury sparked¬† a nationwide debate about camera crew on NBA sidelines, as the rookie ran into a baseline cameraman after going up for a layup.