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Ja Morant available Tuesday vs. Pelicans with ankle injury

The Grizzlies PG is back in the lineup Tuesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies interviews during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 11, 2022 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Monday update: Morant is not on the injury report for Tuesday’s game against the Pelicans, so Sunday’s absence was likely more about resting the point guard than an actual issue.

Update: As expected, Morant has been ruled out for the game Sunday.

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s contest against the Washington Wizards with an ankle injury. Morant must have sustained the injury during the team’s win Friday over the Timberwolves.

Morant has been balling out to start the season, averaging 28.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game for the 9-4 Grizzlies. Memphis missed Morant at the end of its second-round playoff series against the eventual champions Golden State Warriors, and the Grizzlies likely feel the point guard’s presence could’ve swung the result. This is likely a precautionary rest for Morant rather than an actual ankle injury.

With Morant unlikely to suit up, Tyus Jones is the natural replacement in the starting lineup. Jones should be solid in fantasy/DFS formats with the additional playing time. Kennedy Chandler might also see some playing time with Morant and Desmond Bane both listed as doubtful.