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Ja Morant returns to Grizzlies after missing 12 games with knee sprain

2021 NBA Playoffs - Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 26: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles during the game against the Utah Jazz during Round 1, Game 2 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2021 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Swinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Memphis Grizzlies hardly missed a beat without star Ja Morant, a 10-2 record with a league-best +16.5 net rating over that span.

But they will gladly welcome him back when Morant returns to the court Monday night. The team announced he is available to play, having recovered from his left knee sprain.

Morant was in the midst of a breakout season before his injury, averaging 25.3 points and 7.1 assists a game. At the heart of the step forward is an improved jumper, he is hitting 35.6% of his 3-pointers. He was the Grizzlies’ primary shot creator and the offense is 5.3 points per 100 possessions better with him on the court.

A lot of players stepped up with Morant up — Dillon Brooks, Desmond Bane and others — and the challenge now for Tyler Jenkins and company is to blend Morant back into the mix without losing what they have had the last few weeks.

For fans, one of the most entertaining players in the league is back.