By CLAY BAILEY – Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant could return to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night against the New Orleans Pelicans after missing just over two weeks with right knee pain.
Morant’s status against New Orleans was upgraded to questionable on injury report Friday afternoon. If the All-Star guard returns on Saturday, the schedule would be consistent with what the team announced after the third-year player‘s injury news broke.
Morant, averaging a team-high 27.6 points per game, injured his right knee in a loss at Atlanta on March 18. evaluated in two weeks.
Since then, Jenkins has periodically stated that Morant is improving and that they are monitoring his progress with team medical staff. The Memphis coach said Thursday ahead of a loss to Denver that Morant practiced 5-on-5 and hinted the guard could return this weekend.
The Grizzlies still have two regular season home games — Saturday against the Pelicans and Sunday against Boston. Memphis has already secured the second seed in the Western Conference.
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In nine games since Morant’s absence, Memphis has gone 7-2, with both losses coming in the last two games — in overtime at Utah on Tuesday night and Thursday night at Denver. Auxiliary guard Tyus Jones filled in most of the time with Morant out.
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