Ja Morant advises the Grizzlies to 'keep grinding' in his absence.

Dallas — Injured superstar Ja Morant spoke up during the Memphis Grizzlies' emotional team meeting Tuesday morning, following the announcement that he requires season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.

What was the takeaway from Morant's statement to his Memphis teammates?

"Stay locked in and keep grinding," Memphis shooting guard Desmond Bane told ESPN ahead of Tuesday night's road game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The undermanned Grizzlies replied with a 120-103 victory over the Mavs, which coach Taylor Jenkins described as "one of the most impressive team wins of the season.

Memphis completed a 3-0 road trip despite missing All-Star power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (right knee contusion) and losing starting guard Marcus Smart to a dislocated right ring finger in the third quarter, an injury that will be evaluated when the Grizzlies return home on Wednesday.

"We have nothing to lose," added Smart, who had 23 points before his early leave. 

"Especially without Ja, everyone is counting us out. Everyone expects us to just lay down and quit, but that is not what this team is about or in our hearts."

Morant attended the game at the American Airlines Center, sitting on the Grizzlies' bench with his right arm in a sling, but declined to talk with the media. 

Throughout the game, he shouted enthusiastically, barked out coaching points, and celebrated with his teammates.

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