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Ja Morant available Thursday vs. Bucks with thigh injury

The Grizzlies guard is back.

Detroit Pistons v Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles the ball during the game against the Detroit Pistons on December 9, 2022 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Thursday update: Morant is not listed on the injury report and he did practice Wednesday, so we’re going to say he’s ready to go for Thursday’s game against the Bucks.

The Memphis Grizzlies have ruled point guard Ja Morant out for Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with a thigh injury. Morant entered the day with a questionable designation and typically has sat games when he gets added to an injury report on the day of a contest.

The Grizzlies are also without Steven Adams and Desmond Bane, although the latter is sidelined with a long-term issue. Morant has been a MVP candidate this season, although he slipped slightly over the past week despite Memphis being on a five-game winning streak. We’ll see if he can boost his odds this week when he does return to the court.

With Morant sidelined, Tyus Jones likely becomes the starting point guard and main playmaker in this Memphis offense. Dillon Brooks is also going to see additional shots with Morant sidelined. Jaren Jackson Jr. now becomes the focal point of this Grizzlies team Monday.