Grizzlies: Ja Morant 'doubtful' for rest of playoffs with knee injury

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The Memphis Grizzlies announced on Tuesday that Ja Morant is doubtful to play for the rest of the postseason with the knee injury he sustained in Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors.

An MRI revealed a bone bruise that's expected to keep him sidelined. The Grizzlies anticipate that he will make a full recovery.

Morant sustained the injury in fourth quarter of Memphis' 142-112 Game 3 loss to Golden State in San Francisco on Saturday. After the game, Morant tweeted video of Warriors guard Jordan Poole grabbing his knee captioned "broke the code." He later deleted it.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 07: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on against the Golden State Warriors in the second half of Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs at Chase Center on May 07, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Ja Morant is doubtful for the remainder of the NBA postseason. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The tweet was a reference to Warriors coach Steve Kerr telling reporters that Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks “broke the code” of player safety when he committed a flagrant foul that resulted in Gary Payton II breaking his elbow in Game 2.

Morant didn't play in Monday's 101-98 Game 4 loss and now appears to be done for the postseason. The Warriors lead the Western Conference semifinals series, 3-1, meaning that the Grizzlies' next loss in the series will be the last game of their season. Game 5 is scheduled Wednesday night in Memphis.

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