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Grizzlies Ja Morant out at least two weeks sore knee

Tom Haberstroh breaks down the NBA's Western Conference with Michael Smith and Michael Holley and when the Grizzlies will be able to get over the Phoenix Suns as the best in the West.

The Grizzlies are 15-2 without Ja Morant this season after beating the Brooklyn Nets last night. Memphis is unquestionably better with him, but it will survive the next couple of weeks and hold on to the No. 2 seed without him.

Morant is out and will be re-evaluated in two weeks due to a “tweaked” knee, coach Tyler Jenkins confirmed to the media Thursday. He also said they expect Morant to be back and ready for the playoffs, via Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian.

Morant is not worried.

After the season ends, the Grizzlies will have nearly a week to rest up before the playoffs start (during the play-in Tournament). That should give Morant plenty of time to be right for the postseason, even if he is not back before the regular season ends.

Morant has had a breakout season, averaging 27.6 points and 6.7 assists a game while shooting 34% from 3. He will be an All-NBA guard in this, his third season, and is the frontrunner for Most Improved Player.

He has helped lead the Grizzlies to a 50-23 record and they are solidly the No. 2 seed in the West. With just nine games left and Memphis winning without Morant, it’s improbable they fall back two games to get passed by the Warriors (who have had their own struggles of late). As things stand now, they would open the playoffs at home against the winner of the Clippers vs. Timberwolves play-in game.