Ja Morant is expected to play with the Memphis Grizzlies in tonight’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The All-Star has been out of the team’s rotation while serving a 25-game suspension for a firearm incident on social media. Ja Morant’s return comes at a time when the struggling Grizzlies desperately need a boost.
With Steven Adams all season and Luke Kennard, Derrick Rose and Marcus Smart struggling with injuries, Morant’s impending return to the rotation comes at the perfect time. Memphis has struggled all season, winning only six of its first 25 games.
After missing most of the season, Morant will likely need time to return to his best. There is no way to replicate the intensity and physicality of an NBA game, so Morant will likely need to manage his minutes in the coming weeks.
However, the addition of an All-Star player in the rotation should help the Grizzlies. Morant will bring explosiveness and swagger back to the franchise and reconnect with its disillusioned fanbase. It remains to be seen whether Morant’s return will be enough to get the Grizzlies back on track and competing for a spot in the post-season.