Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Grizzlies star Ja Morant left in the first quarter of Memphis' Friday game against the visiting Atlanta Hawks due to a left knee injury.

The team released a short announcement following the game, calling the injury a left knee sprain and adding that "further updates will be provided as appropriate."

Morant was dribbling in the paint, fending off a double-team before retreating. He came up hopping, avoiding putting weight on the left leg after passing the ball. He was helped to the locker room.

The 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year and Grizzlies' leader in both scoring (25.3 points per game) and assists (7.1 per game) on the season, returned in the third quarter wearing street clothes. He was limping per the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal but did not use crutches.

--Field Level Media

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