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Grizzlies' Morant 'week to week' with back spasms

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 12/3/19
Ja Morant, the former Crestwood High School basketball standout who is now a standout rookie point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, is considered "week to week" due to back spasms. Morant didn't travel for the team's Sunday game at Minnesota due …

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Grizzlies' Morant 'week to week' with back spasms

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Ja Morant, the former Crestwood High School basketball standout who is now a standout rookie point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, is considered "week to week" due to back spasms.

Morant didn't travel for the team's Sunday game at Minnesota due to back spasms. Memphis won the contest 115-107, snapping a 6-game losing streak.

The Grizzlies announced his status in a press release on Saturday.

Morant first experienced the back spasms last Monday in a 126-114 loss to the Indiana Pacers. He aggravated the back spasms Friday in a 103-94 loss to the Utah Jazz.

Morant, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's National Basketball Association draft after two years at Murray State, is averaging 18.6 points per game to lead all rookies. He has played in 17 of 20 games for the 7-13 Grizzlies heading into Monday's home game against Indiana and was averaging 28.7 minutes a game. He is averaging 6.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals to go with 3.4 turnovers.

Morant has a shooting percentage of 45.7 from the floor, 41% from 3-point range and 76.5% from the free throw line.