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Video Shows Jordan Poole Grabbing Ja Morant’s Knee Before Injury

A seemingly dirty play from Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole looks to have caused the injury to Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant, who was forced to exit Saturday’s Game 3 road loss.

All one needs to do is look at the video to draw some conclusions about the play, and Poole’s role in it.

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Poole can be seen reaching, grabbing and pulling back on Morant’s knee as Morant tried to split a double team. Poole was called for a foul on the play. Morant left for good shortly after it happened.

Morant did not speak to reporters before leaving the arena, reportedly walking out with a slight limp. He scored 34 points in 36 minutes, but the fact he was forced to exit led to some string words from Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins.

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“He is being evaluated right now. He was going for a loose ball and Jordan Poole grabbed his knee and yanked it,” Jenkins said. “I’m curious to see what happens with that.”

Granted, Poole may have just been reaching for the ball. Without a doubt, the NBA will try to make that determination before Game 4.

The Warriors lead the series by a 2-1 count.

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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    • That’s what I think too. Clearly Poole is swiping at the ball and just missed. Everyone is moving quickly and sometimes things like this happen. Anyone that has played sports at a reasonably high level would know this.

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