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Ja Morant injury update: Grizzlies star PG out for Game 2

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After suffering an injury to his right hand in the fourth quarter of Memphis’ Game 1 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Grizzlies star Ja Morant is out for Wednesday’s Game 2, the team announced.

Morant suffered the injury with less than six minutes to go in the game, after driving to the basket and attempting to elevate and finish over the Lakers’ Anthony Davis. Morant — who was called for a charge on the play — crashed to the ground and was immediately seen writhing in pain. 

He ran off the floor to the locker room, before returning to the bench with his hand heavily wrapped. However, he did not return to the game.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins told reporters that an MRI found that Morant suffered a soft tissue bruise in his shooting hand. Morant’s Game 1 injury was actually a reaggravated injury he suffered in the final week of the regular season.

After the game Sunday, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said X-rays on Morant’s hand were negative but that “he’s in some pain.”

Morant had 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and six turnovers in Game 1. The fourth-year star point guard averaged 26.2 points and 8.1 assists per game during the regular season.

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