Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins told reporters that Morant suffered a soft tissue bruise in his shooting hand an MRI found. Morant’s Game 1 injury was actually a reaggravated injury he suffered in the final week of the regular season. He did some shooting and dribbling at practice on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s Game 2.
While Morant is listed as a game-time decision for Game 2, there’s not a “great deal of optimism around the Grizzlies” surrounding Morant’s availability for Wednesday’s game, ESPN reported.
Morant admitted to reporters following Sunday’s game that his status for Game 2 was “in jeopardy.”
Morant suffered the injury with less than six minutes to go in the game, after driving to the basket and attempting to elevate and finish over the Lakers’ Anthony Davis. Morant — who was called for a charge on the play — crashed to the ground and was immediately seen writhing in pain.
He ran off the floor to the locker room, before returning to the bench with his hand heavily wrapped. However, he did not return to the game.
After the game, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said X-rays on Morant’s hand were negative but that “he’s in some pain.”
Morant finished the day with 18 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and six turnovers.
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