Grizzlies news: Ja Morant to play vs. Warriors after missing four games
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Ja Morant to play vs. Warriors after missing four games for Grizzlies

Grizzlies, Ja Morant

Memphis Grizzlies rookie point guard Ja Morant will play against the Golden State Warriors on Monday after missing four straight games.

Morant re-aggravated his back against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 29 and Memphis sat him for four games. He originally hurt his back against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 25.

Morant played 31 minutes versus the Jazz despite the back pain. He finished with 11 points, three rebounds and four assists.

Morant is averaging 18.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game on the season. He’s shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 41.0 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Ja has three 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 are 6-16 on the season. They are not 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.

In the post-Mike Conley era, the Grizzlies are fortunate to have Morant and Jackson as the two pillars of the franchise. There will be a lot of growing pains in Memphis moving forward. However, Morant and Jackson appear to have the demeanor and skills it takes to turn the Grizzlies around.