After three weeks of being in the sidelines, Memphis star Ja Morant is back and looks like he didn’t skip a beat.
Back in December 28, the 21-year-old explosive guard suffered a scary ankle injury in the second quarter of the Brooklyn-Memphis match-up.
This scared not only Memphis and Morant fans but the whole NBA community as no one wanted to see another explosive, athletic player with future MVP potential be ruined by injury.
Luckily, it seems that won’t be the case for the 2019 Rookie of the Year as he made his return in a big way by beating two of the top teams in the league.
Morant made his return back in a game against Philadelphia, where he led the Grizzlies to a tightly contested win over the third best team in the East, 106-104.
He led the team by putting up 17 points and six assists along with a couple of big plays down the stretch to hold off the 76ers.
In their most recent game, Morant once again showed brilliance and took over in the fourth quarter in the match-up against Phoenix after being knocked down by DeAndre Ayton.
In the third quarter, as Ayton ran down the floor, he bumped into the smaller Morant causing him to be on the floor for quite some time.
Despite that, Morant came out of the fourth quarter hot, making plays for himself on both ends and dropping crucial dimes to his teammates to help them secure a big 108-104 win.
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Morant finished with a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists along with three assists and two steals.
In his first two games back, Morant outplayed two all-star point guards in Ben Simmons and Chris Paul.
Memphis have won five straight games after the win over the Suns and with Morant’s return they could have multiple string of wins despite missing the service of Jaren Jackson Jr. Due to injury.
It’s always good to see a player of Morant’s caliber come back strong after being hurt, especially considering how important he is to the Grizzlies’ playoff aspirations. They currently sit in 8th place in the Western Conference with a 7-6 record.
The Grizzlies take on the Blazers next at 11:00 AM Manila time on Thursday, January 21.
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