Morant generated 26 points (8-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT, seven assists, two rebounds and a steal across 29 minutes in Monday's 110-102 win over the Warriors. Morant's contribution to the Grizzlies can't be overstated, as the team looks exponentially more efficient with the rookie directing the offense. With the injury to Zion Williamson, Morant is doing enough in Memphis to warrant ROY consideration, provided he stays healthy.
Coach Taylor Jenkins said Morant (back) will play Monday against the Warriors, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports. As expected, Morant has been cleared to rejoin the lineup after getting through Monday's shootaround with no issues. Prior to his four-game absence due to back spasms, the rookie point guard was averaging 18.6 points, 6.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals across 28.7 minutes per tilt.
Morant (back) is considered probable for Monday's game against Golden State. Morant missed four games with back spasms, but after going through workouts and parts of practice in recent days, the rookie is trending toward returning to game action Monday night. The No. 2 overall pick averaged 17.4 points, 7.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 made threes over his last 10 games prior to the absence.
Morant (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Jazz. Morant was able to participate in portions of Friday's practice, but he's not ready to return to game action yet. De'Anthony Melton and Tyus Jones will continue to see extra run in Morant's absence. The rookie's next opportunity to play will be Monday against the Warriors.
Morant will be listed as week-to-week due to aggravated back spasms, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Arguably the Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Morant needs a period of "short-term off-loading" to recover from back spasms. He's seen at least 30 minutes in each of his past five games, averaging 19.2 points, 7.4 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.6 steals. He'll be out at least one week, but the wording of the news suggests it could easily be a multi-week absence. While he's on the shelf, Tyus Jones will presumably take over as the Grizzlies' starting point guard. De'Anthony Melton and Grayson Allen could see extra run as backups as well.
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