The Memphis Grizzlies survived an injury scare from their sophomore playmaker in Ja Morant who left their game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night due to an apparent hip injury. After the contest, he reassured the Grizzlies faithful that his situation isn't a major concern and that he will most likely be back sooner than later, per Kel Wright.
"I'm all good, I'm a warrior… Grizz fans don't panic"
— Ja Morant
— KJ (@kelwright) April 7, 2021
Ja Morant leaves the game with an apparent hip injury
Prayers up 🙏 pic.twitter.com/WzQ4gRXySI
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 7, 2021
With a little over 1:30 left in the fourth quarter of their game against the Heat, Morant started holding on to his hip, showing signs of pain out of nowhere. As it turned out, prior to the clip shown on-air, he finished a tough layup and had an awkward landing that contorted his body. He seemingly ignored the pain as he got back on defense before experiencing it again after Jimmy Butler drove on the other end of the floor to draw a foul.
Morant was eventually taken off of the court as he finished the game with 10 points, four rebounds, and four assists. The Grizzlies received huge performances from Dillon Brooks and Jonas Valanciunas on the night. They were enough for the Grizzlies to run away with a 12-point drubbing en route to a 124-112 victory against the Heat.
The timing of the injury is something to be concerned about as the Grizzlies are already gaining momentum with their ongoing two-game winning streak. Sitting with a 25-23 record, they are currently finding themselves in the eighth spot of the jam packed Western Conference.
Obviously enough, they must sustain their level of play if they want to further climb up the standings and stay afloat during the stretch run of the season. The team's other players will be expected to step up in light of Ja Morant's absence as they buy time for his recovery and ultimately wait for him to return to action in their coming games.