The Memphis Grizzlies hardly missed a beat without star Ja Morant, a 10-2 record with a league-best +16.5 net rating over that span.
But they will gladly welcome him back when Morant returns to the court Monday night. The team announced he is available to play, having recovered from his left knee sprain.
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 21, 2021
Morant was in the midst of a breakout season before his injury, averaging 25.3 points and 7.1 assists a game. At the heart of the step forward is an improved jumper, he is hitting 35.6% of his 3-pointers. He was the Grizzlies’ primary shot creator and the offense is 5.3 points per 100 possessions better with him on the court.
A lot of players stepped up with Morant up — Dillon Brooks, Desmond Bane and others — and the challenge now for Tyler Jenkins and company is to blend Morant back into the mix without losing what they have had the last few weeks.
For fans, one of the most entertaining players in the league is back.