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Ja Morant diagnosed with left knee sprain, has no timetable for return

The Grizzlies point guard was helped to the locker room. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting implications.

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Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at FedExForum on November 26, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Update: Morant has no timetable for return, meaning the guard will be sidelined with his knee sprain indefinitely.

Update: Morant was diagnosed with a left knee sprain on the initial examination. The Grizzlies will likely conduct more tests but for now it doesn’t appear to be a serious injury. Morant will likely be considered week-to-week after confirmation of the diagnosis.

Update: Morant will not return to Friday’s contest.

The Memphis Grizzlies saw their star point guard Ja Morant go down Friday against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter with a leg injury. Morant had to be helped to the locker room and is unlikely to return, although the team has not made an official announcement on his status.

The Grizzlies trail the Hawks 29-21 after one, and might not be able to sustain their offensive production without Morant. The guard had two points, one assist and one rebound in nine minutes before going down.

If Morant is out for an extended period of time, look for Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane to be the team’s primary offensive options. They’ll look to make up for Morant’s production, who is one of the more underrated value plays in fantasy basketball.

NBA bettors might also look to fade the Grizzlies if Morant is out for an extended period of time.