Ja Morant (knee) of the Memphis Grizzlies will be back Saturday against New Orleans
Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant will return to the court on Saturday, the team announced.
Morant hasn’t played since injuring his right knee on March 18. He has since been ruled out with knee pain.
The Grizzlies have thrived with Morant on and off the court this season and are 20-4 in games he hasn’t played, despite losing their last two.
Memphis has already secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said the team will monitor Morant’s minutes throughout the game.
“He might not play his playoff minutes, but we’ll be smart,” Jenkins said when asked about any minute restrictions on Morant.
“Obviously we want him to perform as well as possible with the group he’s going to be playing with, but he’s been out for a few weeks. We want to be intentional about not throwing him straight into the high-volume minutes right off the bat. .”
Jenkins mentioned pre-playoff chemistry as one reason to bring Morant back before the playoffs start next week.
“A lot of it comes down to just getting back on the court, playing competitive basketball after a pretty long layoff,” Jenkins said. “Those are all the factors that come to mind, and if our medical team says it’s good and he feels good, I think it’s a confidence boost for the playoffs after being away for a few weeks here.”