Ja Morant lets out 6-word reaction to first game back after injury
After an eight-game absence, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant recently recovered from his ankle injury and made his way back in their tilt against the Philadelphia 76ers. After the game, he expressed his excitement to rejoin and contribute to the team after three weeks on the sidelines, per Rob Fischer.
“12 is back, ya hear me!” https://t.co/aZaWKGNtwJ
— Rob Fischer (@thefishnation) January 17, 2021
Morant was previously sidelined due to an ankle sprain sustained back on Dec. 28. against the Brooklyn Nets. Backup playmaker Tyus Jones eventually slotted in at the starting point guard position.
The Grizzlies went a respectable 4-4 record in the stretch that Morant was ruled out. Memphis was already riding the momentum of a three-game winning streak leading up to their matchup against the 76ers where they welcomed their starting point guard back into the lineup.
Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins and his men managed to stand their ground against a stacked 76ers roster that was missing just Seth Curry. Philadelphia pushed for a late-game comeback where they came out with 28 points in the fourth quarter. However, the Grizzlies’ defense in crunch time proved to be effective as they escaped with a slim 106-104 victory.
Morant led the team with 17 points and six assists followed by rookie Xavier Tillman who added 15 points and four rebounds of his own. The Grizzlies also had five other players scoring in double digits to contribute to their winning cause.
On the other end, Shake Milton topped the Sixers in scoring with 28 points while Tobias Harris added 21 points. With the victory, the Grizzlies now improved to a 6-6 record while the Sixers dropped back to a 9-5 tally.
The team is expected to gain more momentum and extend their winning streak now that Ja Morant is back in action. The Grizzlies will try to take down another tough assignment in the Phoenix Suns for their next tilt slated on Jan. 18.