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Ja Morant is not of this earth.
Early in the Memphis Grizzlies' game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, the team's star point guard found himself chasing down Lakers guard Avery Bradley after a turnover.
Despite having Grizzlies wing Desmond Bane in his face in transition, Bradley appeared to get a layup off, muscling through Bane with Morant two steps behind him. The ball was on its way to two points, until Morant jumped from the middle of the paint and soared through the air for a two-handed block.
JA MORANT 🤯
ONE OF THE MOST ATHLETIC BLOCKS YOU’LL EVER SEE. pic.twitter.com/mSBEajPDtK
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 10, 2022
You know it's a good play when the opposing crowd is audibly stunned.
The most underrated part of that chasedown black is Morant ending up with the ball after landing from a trip that had him nearly four feet in the air. One replay showed just how high the 6-foot-3 Morant got, with his head basically even with the 10-foot hoop.
Morant would finish the game with 16 points, seven assists, five rebounds and, yes, one block in a 127-119 Grizzlies win.
That block was the latest highlight in a season full of them for the 22-year-old. Entering Sunday, Morant was averaging a career-high 25.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game, with career highs in field-goal percentage (.491) and 3-point percentage (.390) as well.