Grizzlies' Ja Morant avoids significant knee injury and is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant avoided a serious knee injury but is expected to miss at least a “couple of weeks,” coach Taylor Jenkins told reporters before Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings.

Jenkins said Morant avoided any tear or ligament damage in his left knee, but added there was no exact date for his return.

“We are very grateful to have avoided a major injury,” Jenkins said. “We expect a full recovery, and this is nothing in the long term that worries us.”

Morant sprained his left knee in the first quarter in Friday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The injury occurred with about three and a half minutes remaining in the first quarter. Morant was on the offensive side when he limped in. He limped down the baseline to the Memphis bank. Almost immediately they helped him back to the locker room.

Replays did not appear to show any significant contact on the play Morant beat.

Morant, the second pick in the 2019 draft from Murray State, is eighth in the NBA in scoring with 25.3 points per game. He also averages 7.1 assists. He was the 2019 Rookie of the Year.