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Morant allays hand injury fears after Grizzlies secure second seed

By Sports Desk April 08, 2023

Ja Morant allayed concerns about an injury he sustained in Friday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks that secured the second seed in the Western Conference for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jaren Jackson Jr. top-scored with 36 points as the Grizzlies came from a point down at half-time to comfortably beat the short-handed Bucks 137-114.

Morant finished with 12 points and eight assists despite having to leave the court early in the game following a collision with Jae Crowder.

He was later seen with a protective wrapping on his right arm for a wrist and hand issue, but the 23-year-old dismissed the significance of the injury, saying: "I'm good."

Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins confirmed that X-rays had come back negative and revealed Morant should be able to "ice it up and be good to go."

The third quarter was where Memphis effectively won the game, outscoring Milwaukee 37-15, with Jackson crediting it to "better discipline, a little bit more effort."

He added: "We figured it out and I'm glad we did."

After sealing the second seed in the west for a second season in a row, the Grizzlies will have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

"It's very important," Morant said. "We're a very good team at home, so we obviously want that home-court advantage. Definitely big time for us."

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