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Injury Updates: Morant Awaits MRI, Love Out 3-4 Weeks

Grizzlies star Ja Morant appears to have avoided an ankle fracture, but an MRI still needs to be completed.

Memphis Grizzlies v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Last year’s NBA Rookie of the Year Ja Morant exited the Grizzlies’ matchup against the Nets on Tuesday with an ankle injury. Following his exit, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that that the early examination of Morant’s left ankle did not show a fracture.

Morant is scheduled to receive an MRI early in the week. Until his return, 24-year-old reserve guard Tyus Jones will receive an uptick in minutes in the Grizzlies’ rotation.


The Athletic’s Shams Charania revealed that Morant has suffered a Grade 2 left ankle sprain and that he will likely be out for three to five weeks.

Outside of Memphis, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is expected to miss at least three to four weeks with a right calf strain. The Cavs released a statement regarding Love’s injury on Tuesday.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love left Sunday night’s home game against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second quarter and did not return to action after reaggravating a right calf strain initially diagnosed during the preseason. Further examination and an MRI administered on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health confirmed the injury. Love will undergo a series of treatment and rehabilitation and will be reassessed in approximately three to four weeks. His status will be updated as appropriate.

The Cavs have amassed a 3-0 record to start the 2020-21 regular season.