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Grizzlies Star Ja Morant Tweets ‘Broke The Code’ As Shot At Warriors, Then Deletes

Ja Morant must have thought a tweet throwing shade at the Golden State Warriors may have been too much. After all, the Memphis Grizzlies star deleted it.

Morant was forced to exit Saturday’s Game 3 loss with a knee injury, apparently suffered after Warriors guard Jordan Poole grabbed the knee while reaching for a loose ball. It’s hard to know if the play was an accident … or done with the intent to slow down Morant as he tried to split a double team near halfcourt.

Anyway, back to Morant’s tweet.

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It read “broke the code,” seemingly in reference to Warriors coach Steve Kerr saying Dillon Brooks “broke the code” when he picked up flagrant 2 for a hard foul on Gary Payton II in Game 2.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins addressed the play after the game, stopping short of saying it was intentional.

“We just watched the replay,” Jenkins told reporters. “He was going after a dribble and Jordan Poole actually grabbed his knee and yanked it, which kind of triggered whatever happened, so I’m actually going to be very curious what happens after that.

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“…I don’t know what goes through you guys’ head. No, I didn’t say that it went on purpose. I said the play happened. There was a grab. I’m just curious what happened.”

Poole, for his part, said it was a “basketball play” and that the foul was not intentional.

“I mean, obviously, you don’t want to see anybody get hurt. I’m not even that type of player. I respect everybody,” he said. “Hopefully he gets better and, you know, we can see him out there next game. I don’t even play like that for real. That’s not my type [of] game.”

The Warriors lead the series, 2-1, with Game 4 set for Monday night in San Francisco. Morant’s status for the game is up in the air as of this writing. He exited the arena with a noticeable limp after Game 3, opting not to speak to the media.


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Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico is the assistant managing editor-newsdesk at OutKick. He is also the co-founder and senior writer at Hoopswire.com, and has covered the NBA for nearly 20 years, including his time at Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. A native of Akron, Ohio, his writing career began in Wyoming.

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