Monday night, the Memphis Grizzlies announced that standout guard Ja Morant requires surgery to repair a right shoulder rupture, ending his season.
Morant was injured in practice Saturday, the Grizzlies confirmed. The two-time All-Star was in a sling for the Grizzlies' game against Phoenix on Sunday, and the severity of the injury was revealed a day later.
“After ongoing soreness and instability, Morant underwent an MRI that revealed an underlying labral tear,” the Grizzlies announced.
Morant missed the first 25 games of the season due to an NBA suspension for displaying a pistol on social media, his second in less than a year after missing eight games last season.
He returned from a 25-game suspension and averaged 25.1 points in nine games for the Grizzlies, who went 6-3.
The Grizzlies are 7-20 sans Morant, four and a half games out of the Western Conference play-in place, and must finish the season without their best player.
A playoff push with Morant seemed feasible. Long odds got longer without him.
The shoulder issue's severity surprised the Grizzlies. Morant was sore Sunday, and Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins indicated it would be a game-time decision against the Suns.
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