We’re closing down on the NBA’s final few weeks of the regular season, and the Memphis Grizzlies were dealt some bad news for the home stretch of their playoff hunt.
According to The Athletics’ Shams Charania, Grizzlies star point guard Ja Morant will be out for at least two weeks with a knee injury.
The injury news comes at the worst time for the Grizzlies, who only have eight games left to play this season after their 133-103 win against the Indiana Pacers tonight. Currently, Memphis is in second place in the conference with a record of 50-23, just two games ahead of the Golden State Warriors.
If Morant is out for the expected timeline, he will return three games before the start of the NBA Playoffs.
Morant is a vital piece of the Grizzlies and is having his best season in the NBA thus far. Morant was averaging an eye-popping 27.6 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game this year and earned his first NBA All-Star Game nod as a result.
Despite Morant’s outstanding season and his importance to the Grizzlies, they have gotten along just fine without him this season, going 16-2 in games without Morant this season.
On Saturday, Memphis will have a chance to improve that record without Morant when they host the Milwaukee Bucks (45-27).