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Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant out week-to-week due to back spasms

Utah Jazz v Memphis Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 29: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against the Utah Jazz during the second half at FedExForum on November 29, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images)

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Ja Morant has looked like an early frontrunner for Rookie of the Year. The No. 2 overall pick out of Murray State is averaging 18.6 points a game (which leads all rookies) and has shown a fluid athleticism and ability to lead the team.

However, Friday night against the Jazz, he was grabbing his back at points and, while out of the game, was laying on the court and doing stretches to help his back. Apparently, this was more of an issue than realized and he is going to miss some time.

Memphis will not be the same without him, Morant leads the team in both points and assists, plus is the primary creator on offense. This is a rebuilding season for the Grizzlies, but the more time Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. can get on the court together, the better.