Ja Morant leaves Hawks-Grizzlies game early with apparent knee injury

from Evan Barnes of the Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant left Friday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter with a left knee injury and will not return.

Morant’s right knee came in contact Hawks forward John Collins but then Morant was not able to put pressure on his left leg. After checking out with 3:12 left in the period, he sat on the floor at the Grizzlies bench and was helped to the locker room.

Morant played just nine minutes and had two points.

In his third season, Morant is eighth in the NBA in scoring (25.3 points) and on pace for potentially his first All-Star selection.

He also had his first Nike commercial premiere this week.

Morant missed eight games last season with a left ankle injury. However, if this injury is more serious, the Grizzlies (9-9) could be in more trouble without their leader for an extended period of time.

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