Memphis Grizzlies fans held their collective breath on Saturday night as Ja Morant was seen limping off the playing court during the Game 3 clash against the Golden State Warriors.
While it’s unclear at what exact moment the Grizzlies point guard got hurt, one angle being dissected was Jordan Poole’s conspicuous grab of Ja Morant’s knee during a defensive scramble for the ball.
The unfortunate moment when Ja Morant appears to injure his knee.
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Poole, however, was adamant that the sequence was nothing beyond a regular basketball play. To him, he was simply reaching for the ball and trying to jostle it free when he ended up snatching at Morant’s leg. The Warriors star spoke out after the Game 3 win.
Via ClutchPoints’ Mark Haynes:
“It was a basketball play,” asserted the Warriors guard. “We doubled him, and I hit the ball. I was going for the ball, and obviously, you don’t want to see anybody get hurt. I’m not even that type of player. I respect everybody, so hopefully, he gets better.”
While the Grizzlies are obviously upset about Ja Morant’s injury, not everyone believes there was malicious intent from the Warriors guard. Jaren Jackson Jr. responded to the claims that Poole intentionally grabbed at Morant’s knee.
Via Marc J. Spears:
Memphis forward Jaren Jackson on accusation of Jordan Poole pulling Ja Morant’s knee: “It’s unfortunate to see that type of stuff. But no one here is dirty. It’s unfortunate. You know the code. We’re going to talk about the code all serious at this point.”
Intentional or not, hopefully Ja Morant is able to shrug off the injury and make a swift recovery for Warriors-Grizzlies Game 4.