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Ja Morant

Video: Ja Morant had funny response to Bulls after scuffle

Ja Morant fight

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant was ready to battle after a brief on-court scuffle with the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

Morant got tangled up with Chicago’s Tony Bradley while driving to the basket. A brief scuffle ensued when Bradley wouldn’t let go of Morant, prompting Steven Adams to intervene and play peacemaker.

Amusingly, Morant could be seen on the bench after things had cooled down making clear that he was ready to throw hands if necessary. The Memphis guard could clearly be seen saying “I can fight all right” to teammates during a timeout.

You don’t need to be a professional lip reader to figure that one out. Morant isn’t even put off by the fact that Bradley would have over half a foot on him height-wise.

Honestly, Bradley should probably take note and stay away next time. We already know the Memphis point guard can be pretty brutal and vicious at times. He’ll scrap and battle as hard as he needs to.

Ja Morant high five snub inspires funny Grizzlies promotion

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Ja Morant’s savage high five snub now effectively has its own promotion courtesy of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Morant scored a key basket late in Tuesday’s home win over Golden State and stared down a young fan wearing a Warriors jersey who wanted a high five. The moment went viral, as did Morant’s explanation, which included an offer to send the kid a Grizzlies jersey.

The Grizzlies’ promotional department knows gold when they see it, and within a day, they had already announced a promotion clearly inspired by Morant. On Wednesday, the Grizzlies announced a “New Year, New Jerseys” promotion for Thursday’s game, in which any kids 12 and under can exchange another NBA team’s jersey for a new replica Grizzlies jersey. Anyone swapping a jersey will also receive two tickets to the team’s game against Minnesota, and the donated jerseys will be donated to charity.

The Grizzlies are riding a ten-game win streak and are attracting national attention. Perhaps there are a few fans in the Memphis area who have been converted by the run, and Morant won’t have to snub their high fives if the opportunity presents itself.

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Ja Morant stares down young fan for wearing wrong jersey

Ja Morant looking at a Warriors fan

When Ja Morant is in the zone, he has little tolerance for anything that gets in his way. That even includes little kids.

Morant led his Memphis Grizzlies to a big win on Tuesday night. He scored 29 points on 11/23 shooting to help his Grizzlies beat the visiting Golden State Warriors 116-108.

During the final 30 seconds, Morant drove to the basket and finished off an impressive layup despite being fouled. Morant was extra pumped up after making the basket and had his game-face on as he went towards the fans who were sitting behind the basket.

Morant encountered a young fan who was wearing a Warriors jersey and denied the young fan a high-five.

The young fan may have had the opposing team’s jersey on but was still congratulating Morant on a great play.

Morant said after the game that the fan made a big mistake by wearing the wrong jersey. The young Grizzlies guard even wanted to track down the fan to send him a Memphis jersey.

Someone needs to make that happen. If Morant is able to find the fan and send him a jersey, he will have made that young boy a Grizzlies fan for life.

Ja Morant’s crazy block from college goes viral after block against Lakers

Ja Morant jumping for a block

Ja Morant left more than a few jaws on the floor with his ludicrous block against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. But it turns out that it is not Morant’s first time pulling off such a feat.

The Memphis Grizzlies star appeared to be wearing moon shoes when he soared into the heavens for a two-handed block on Lakers guard Avery Bradley in the first quarter. Check out a couple of the different angles.

Video then went viral on Monday of a similarly amazing two-handed block Morant had in college at Murray State. Twitter user John Antonelli found the video and put it side-by-side with Morant’s block against the Lakers.

Though he is just 6-foot-3, Morant looks like the single most athletic player in the NBA right now. He finished with 16 points and seven assists in the win over the Lakers, as Memphis improved to 28-14 on the year.

Morant has a flair for producing awesome viral moments, and the Grizzlies are quickly becoming must-watch television as viewers tune in to see what the 22-year-old dynamo might do next.

Ja Morant threw shade at Lakers fans after getting win

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Ja Morant was a No. 2 overall pick, but he is definitely No. 1 overall when it comes to clowning the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Memphis Grizzlies point guard had one of his best games of the season on Wednesday against the Lakers, going off for 41 points and outdueling LeBron James in a 104-99 home win for the Grizz. After the game, Morant said it was sweet to send home all the Lakers fans who were in attendance.

“Good game, appreciate the fans rooting for us,” said Morant. “We got a lot of energy we could feed off during the game. Had big moments where we needed it. Even better to send all those yellow, gold, whatever color jerseys you wanna call home sad. You can take that back to L.A.”

For better or for worse, the Lakers have one of the most passionate fanbases in sports. Even during away games for them, you will often seen the crowd populated with the team’s purple and gold jerseys.

As for Morant, he recently returned from a knee injury and has helped the Grizzlies put a stranglehold on the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Wednesday’s win had to feel especially satisfying for Morant too after what happened during his last game against the Lakers.

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Ja Morant unhappy with comments from courtside Grizzlies fans

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Ja Morant was not feeling a lot of love from his own fans as he made his return on Monday night.

The Memphis Grizzlies star returned to the lineup against the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing nearly a month with a knee injury. The Grizzlies trailed for much of the second half though and went on to lose 102-99.

After the loss, Morant expressed frustration with some comments that were made to him by Grizzlies fans sitting courtside.

“Even during the game, I was running down the court and I heard some of my fans courtside tell me I need to sit back out,” said Morant, per Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian. “So, I just don’t understand what they wanted to get out of that. I feel like that just makes it worse.

“I’m just frustrated,” added the former Rookie of the Year. “Normally, y’all have seen it, when anybody says something negative about me, it fuels me. But, tonight, the remarks from the fans actually hurt. I’m going to do what I normally do and bounce back and I’m very excited for this next game.”

Morant actually did well with 16 points (on 6-for-12 shooting), six rebounds, and eight assists. He also had a memorable viral moment during the game.

But it was a frustrating defeat for the Grizzlies, who managed to go 10-2 in Morant’s absence. They also beat the Thunder by an all-time record margin in their last meeting. Still, that was definitely no way for the fans to treat Morant, the 22-year-old future of their franchise, in his first game back.

H/T CBS Sports

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Ja Morant has profane message for NBA in first game back from injury

Ja Morant talks

Ja Morant returned on Monday from his knee injury, and he had a message for the NBA.

Early in the second quarter of the Memphis Grizzlies’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Morant found Xavier Tillman for a fastbreak dunk. The Grizzlies point guard delivered a bounce pass to Tillman that went nearly from free throw line to free throw line. It was perfect.

After Tillman made the dunk, Morant shared his message for the league. “I’m back motherf—ers” he said.

Yes, yes he most certainly is.

Morant, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft, last played on Nov. 26. Even though his knee injury looked serious, he was able to return in less than a month. The Grizzlies are thrilled to have it back.

Ja Morant close to returning to Grizzlies

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The Memphis Grizzlies have been without guard Ja Morant for three weeks as of Friday. Fortunately for them, that will not be the case for much longer.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said Friday that Morant, who suffered a knee injury on Nov. 26, is feeling good and very close to rejoining the team. Jenkins added that the Grizzlies are hopeful that Morant can rejoin them over the weekend.

The Grizzlies play back-to-back home games Sunday and Monday against Portland and Oklahoma City. It sounds plausible that Morant could be back for at least one of those games.

Morant has missed 11 games, including Friday’s, stemming from the scary-looking injury he suffered less than a month ago. The Grizzlies were able to win nine of the ten games they have played without him, so his return should firmly entrench them as one of the stronger teams in the Western Conference.

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Ja Morant shares concerning tweet after knee injury

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Ja Morant shared a concerning tweet after suffering a knee injury on Friday night.

Morant suffered a non-contact left knee injury in the first quarter of his Memphis Grizzlies’ 132-100 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Grizzlies guard left the game and did not return.

After the game, Morant sent a tweet that featured emojis of a heart and hands praying. His message was: “It’s in God’s hands now. All we can do is pray.”

What about that message is concerning? Well, Morant probably wouldn’t be asking for prayers if there weren’t concern that the injury might be serious.

Morant, 22, is in his third NBA season. The former Rookie of the Year winner entered Friday averaging 25.3 points, 7.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season. Memphis would be in big trouble if he had to miss time.

UPDATE: Morant has a sprained knee.

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Video: Ja Morant suffers apparent non-contact knee injury

Ja Morant injury

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant suffered an apparent knee injury Friday night, and the nature of it looked very concerning.

Morant was dribbling into the lane during Friday’s game against Atlanta when he pulled up in obvious pain. Morant was unable to put any weight on his left leg and was clutching his knee. Morant appeared to bang his right knee with John Collins, but was clutching at his left leg after going down. The star guard had to be helped to the locker room.

There was no immediate word on the nature of Morant’s injury, but it certainly looked significant. The Grizzlies guard has dealt with left leg trouble before, as a significant left ankle sprain cost him roughly a month of action last season.

The 22-year-old Morant had looked to be embarking on a breakout campaign for the Grizzlies, having averaged 25.3 points and 7.1 assists in 18 games so far this season.