Memphis is struggling with injury.

The Memphis Grizzlies lost 112-128 against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs held at the Memphis FedEx Forum on the 17th (Korean time).

It is the first game that Memphis had to catch to get off to a good start. Memphis had a remarkable record of 35 wins and 6 losses at home in the regular season. However, in the first game, fearsome power did not come out. Memphis, who entered the playoffs as the second seed, lost Game 1 to the seventh-seeded Lakers.스포츠토토

More painful than defeat is the injury of ace Ja Morant. Morant suffered an injury in the fourth quarter when he broke his right hand while attempting to land a rim attack. It was a situation where you could feel pain just by looking at the scene with your own eyes. According to a post-game interview, Morant was already playing with an injury to his right hand. 

Fortunately, according to director Tyler Jenkins, Morant’s X-ray test came back negative. However, it is not known with certainty whether he will participate in the second leg. He said he didn’t use his right hand as he took off his sock in his locker room.

“The pain is still there,” Morant said. I will play, but I won’t do anything to damage the team if I don’t.”

Memphis seemed to be holding on well and continuing the close game after Morant got out of the 4-point situation, but collapsed greatly at the end of the game. The rest of the series will also have a dark prospect if Morant does not step forward. As of now, it is not easy to expect Morant to be in normal condition even if he plays in the second game. 

Memphis already has a big crack in its big man line with injuries to Stephen Adams and Brandon Clarke. In Game 1, Memphis felt the void of the injured as they were pushed back in the rebound battle (34-45). The injury nightmare towards them continues.

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