Grizzlies dealing with 'devastating' loss of Ja Morant for season

The Memphis Grizzlies were still reeling from the news that All-Star guard Ja Morant would be out for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury. 

The Grizzlies announced that Morant was injured during practice on Saturday. The two-time All-Star was wearing a sling for a game against Phoenix on Sunday, and the season-ending news came the next day.

"Obviously, we're devastated," Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins explained. "Devastated for Ja, everything that he's been doing all season long to get back to this point, playing really good basketball, the team's starting to play really good basketball."

Jenkins and his team were surprised to discover the results of Morant's MRI on Monday night in Dallas. They face the Mavericks on Tuesday night.

"It's very unfortunate news, unfortunate timing, all this was unexpected," Jenkins said in a statement. "Our medical team's working extremely hard right now, finding the best surgeons for him."

Morant's season will be cut short due to his injury.

This would have helped Morant reclaim his status as one of the NBA's future stars, especially once LeBron James and Stephen Curry retire.

His absence eliminates a heroic effort to raise a struggling and short-handed club and secures Memphis' lottery entry following straight seasons as the Western Conference's No. 2 seed.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft, 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year, and 2022 Most Improved Player was suspended for the first 25 games for posting a gun on social media.

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