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Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins says Jordan Poole ‘yanked’ Ja Morant’s knee leading to injury

© D. Ross Cameron | 2022 May 7

Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks was suspended for Saturday’s Game 3 after his Flagrant 2 foul against Gary Payton on Tuesday. It sounds like Memphis head coach Taylor Jenkins thinks Jordan Poole might deserve the same treatment for Game 4.

Jenkins said as much when explaining his interpretation of an incident involving Poole and Ja Morant during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 142-112 Warriors win, one that may have led to Morant leaving with an apparent knee injury.

“[Morant] was going after a dribble and Jordan Poole grabbed his knee and yanked it which kind of triggered whatever happened,” Jenkins said during his postgame presser. “I’m going to be very curious to see what happens after that,” Jenkins concluded, alluding to a possible punishment from the league.

Here’s the play in question:

Morant himself also seemed to believe there was ill intent on Poole’s part. After the game, he tweeted out a video of the play with the caption “‘ broke the code ‘” an allusion to Steve Kerr saying Brooks broke the code when his Flagrant 2 led to Payton’s series-ending injury in Game 2. The tweet has since been deleted.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN confirmed that the league will look at the play to determine if any punishment is warranted.


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