Grizzlies forward keeps it real when talking Ja Morant injury after win vs Mavs

Jan 9, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) looks on while wearing his
Jan 9, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) looks on while wearing his / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday evening the Memphis Grizzlies took part in their first game after the devastating news broke that superstar Ja Morant would be sidelined for the remainder of the season as he opts to undergo surgery for a labrum tear in his right shoulder.

Interestingly enough, it served as one of the most inspiring performances of the entire campaign thus far, as Taylor Jenkins' club was putting forth high-end hustle and was producing at an incredibly efficient level on both ends of the floor throughout all 48 minutes which, in the end, paved the way to a rather encouraging 120-103 triumph over their divisional rival, the Dallas Mavericks.

Following the contest, Ziaire Williams was held back on the court to answer a few post-game questions and, when it came to the subject of playing without Morant moving forward, the third-year forward provided a real and encouraging message to Grizzlies nation.

Ziaire Williams opens up on Grizzlies mindset without Ja Morant

"We always got his back, we know he got ours. It's been like this at least since I've been here, one man down, next man up. We're always with him and we can't wait for him to be back but we gonna hold it down till he gets back."

Ziaire Williams

On the night, the Grizzlies managed to cash in on 48.4 of their shots from the floor and 37.8 percent from distance while holding the Mavericks as a whole to just 43.9 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep and the two-headed monster of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving to a mere 20-46 from the floor and 4-15 from deep.

Williams proved to be quite an active participant yet again, as he finished with 14 points and 4 boards on 66.7 percent shooting from the floor, 40.0 percent shooting from distance, and capped things off with a plus-minus of +12 while coming off the bench.

With this outcome, the Grizzlies now head home fresh off an undefeated three-game road trip and will prepare for an upcoming three-game stretch at FedEx Forum against the likes of the LA Clippers, New York Knicks, and Golden State Warriors.