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Ja Morant questionable for Wednesday’s game against Clippers due to back soreness

Ja Morant, Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies are listing rookie point guard Ja Morant as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers due to back soreness.

Morant took a nasty fall on Monday versus the Indiana Pacers and was forced to leave the game. However, the No. 2 overall pick did return to game action.

The Grizzlies lost to the Pacers by a final score of 126-114. Morant played 30 minutes and finished with 19 points, two rebounds and 10 assists.

Memphis is 5-11 on the season. The Grizzlies aren’t expected to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. This season is all about developing Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke.

Morant is averaging 19.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. He’s shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 40.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Ja has two double-doubles on the season. He could wind up winning the Rookie of the Year Award since No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has yet to make his debut due to a knee injury which required surgery.

The Grizzlies will be careful with Morant moving forward since he’s the new franchise player in the post-Mike Conley era. Back injuries are not to be taken lightly, even if it is just soreness.