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Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant takes knee in the back from courtside photographer, leaves game vs. Pacers

Ja Morant, Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant has to be helped off the floor after falling and taking a knee from a courtside photographer in their game against the Indiana Pacers.

In the closing seconds of the second quarter, Morant drove to the basket for a layup over Myles Turner; however, he was off-balance when he landed. Unfortunately, as he slid on the floor, he hit the knee of the photographer.

Morant was unable to stand up with an apparent back injury. He had to be helped off the court by Grizzlies staff and was brought to the locker room.

Fortunately for the Grizzlies, Morant was able to return to the team shortly after.

The 20-year-old rookie has been pivotal for Memphis this season. While the team is rebuilding, his play so far has provided the team and its fans hope that they have a bright future.

Entering Monday’s game, Morant is averaging 19.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from deep and 75.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Ja has established himself as an early favorite for the Rookie of the Year award, especially with his fellow 2019 top picks off the radar. Zion Williamson remains out for the New Orleans Pelicans while RJ Barrett remains inconsistent for the New York Knicks.