Injured Grizzlies star Ja Morant likely won’t play in Game 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Memphis guard Ja Morant likely won’t play in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Golden State on Monday night after injuring his right knee during a game with Jordan Poole that the teams debate the Grizzlies’ 142-112 loss Saturday night.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said Sunday he doesn’t expect Morant to be available with Memphis trailing the Warriors 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

“Like I said last night, I was just trying to be factual here, and that’s what Ja says, what our medical team said after reviewing the game, Ja was playing great, feeling great whole game and that the knee grab is what triggered the potential injury and why we took Ja out of the game. Nothing changed from there,” Jenkins said. “It was the game that triggered that and he has further evaluation underway. … There’s probably a very good chance he won’t play tomorrow.

Morant, who limped with 6:19 remaining in the game, was unable to do any basketball activity on Sunday, Jenkins said.

Morant left Chase Center without speaking to reporters, but posted and then deleted a video of the play on his Twitter feed with the words “broke the code,” a reference Warriors coach Steve Kerr had used four days earlier. early when Dillon Brooks’ hard foul in Game 2 sidelined Gary Payton II.

Poole and Andrew Wiggins swarmed Morant as he dribbled atop the 3-point arc when Morant struggled to keep possession – and Poole called it a game of basketball with him for the ball.

On Sunday, Kerr repeatedly shrugged when asked about it and said he saw no need to discuss the latest back and forth between franchises.

“I have no grip. Nothing to comment. I watched the tape,” Kerr said. “…No, I don’t take it personally. I looked at the game, there is nothing to comment on.

Grizzlies goaltender Tyus Jones called it an “interesting” play but said he didn’t believe Poole had malicious intent to injure Morant.

“Ja’s spirits are good. Obviously, he is frustrated. Every time you get bumped or injured, you get frustrated,” Jones said.

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