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Morant in doubt the rest of the playoffs due to injury

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( Associated Press) — Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant is in doubt for the rest of the NBA playoffs after an MRI and reevaluation revealed he has a bruise on the right knee bone.

The Grizzlies are confident their star will make a full recovery.

Morant, named Most Improved Player, is averaging 38.3 points per game in the Western Conference semifinals against Golden State. But he missed Game 4, a 101-98 loss on Monday.

Originally, the team reported that the reason was a knee injury.

The Grizzlies are down 3-1 in the series. Game 5 is Wednesday at Memphis.

Morant reinjured his knee on a play with the Warriors’ Jordan Poole in Game 3, a 142-112 setback.

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He limped off with 6:19 remaining after Poole grabbed his knee on a play the Warriors point guard said occurred when he was trying to take the ball from him.

Morant later posted a later-deleted video on Twitter showing the play and the phrase, “He broke the code,” a reference to Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s comment five days earlier when Gary Payton II was left behind. injured due to a hard foul by Dillon Brooks in the second game.

Kerr missed Game 4 after testing positive for COVID-19 and entering health protocols. He was still at his house Tuesday and did not travel to Memphis with the team. Associate coach Mike Brown will coach Game 5.

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Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder said via text message Tuesday that the Warriors have no further cases of COVID-19.

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