Second-year star point guard Ja Morant is listed as questionable for Memphis Grizzlies ahead of Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Morant missed more than two weeks with a left ankle sprain after he was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair with the injury during the overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 28.
Scans from an MRI the next day revealed a Grade 2 sprain but fortunately for him, it showed no fracture.
The Grizzlies (5-6) have not said much about the status of Morant since he sustained the injury, which was expected to keep him on the sidelines for three to five weeks.
However, it looks like the reigning Rookie of the Year is ahead of schedule in his recovery and could make a return sooner than planned.
Although he’s not been given the green light to return to action as yet, his status moving to questionable is a big step in the right direction, for Morant, who was playing very well before going down with the injury.
If he’s ultimately ruled out of Friday’s game, the 21-year-old could be back in the lineup within the next few games, given that the Grizzlies have a quick turn around at the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday and hosting the Phoenix Suns on Monday.
Morant led Memphis in scoring last season with an average of 17.8 points a game. He opened this season scoring a career-high 44 points and is averaging 26.3 points and 6.3 assists across three games.
In Morant’s absence, the Grizzlies have gone 4-4. They are heading into Friday’s game against Minnesota on a three-game winning streak.
They beat the Timberwolves 118-107 on Wednesday night.