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Taylor Jenkins doubles down on Poole’s role in Morant injury


The saga continues. With the Warriors back in Memphis for a potential close out Game 5, there was some more silliness pregame.

While Mike Brown cited Draymond Green prepping the Warriors for an expected gritty, tough game, Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins was asked about the circumstances of Memphis star Ja Morant’s injury.

Morant has been listed as doubtful for the rest of the playoffs with a bone bruise in his right knee.

That diagnosis, which came out after a couple days of the Grizzlies leaving Morant’s status murky, would seem to vindicate Jordan Poole of any wrongdoing.

That is after a very specific accusation from Memphis head coach Taylor Jenkins after that Game 3.

“[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.”

Nothing happened, and Poole called it a basketball play, which the league seemed to agree with.

So, before Game 5, a reporter followed up with Jenkins, asking if he regretted targeting, or singling out Poole, given that he didn’t seem to injure Morant.

“Targeting?” Jenkins said. “That’s what our medical team and Ja said was when the injury was felt was on that play, so I’m just stating the facts of what our guys have told us in house.”

Jenkins declined to take back or temper his accusation of Poole “yanking” Morant’s knee.

 

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