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When Ja fell on his right wrist Sunday afternoon, all of Memphis felt sick at our stomachs.

It's just a basketball game, we try to convince ourselves. Only it feels to be far more than that, doesn't it? We have had so much negativity over the last year, even with Ja, that if the Grizzlies, led by Ja, could somehow pull this off, we would all stand taller. But here's what we know. Whether we win or lose, who the Grizzlies are, both on and off the court, reminds us of who we are in the city we love. We want to win, but even more so, we want to be proud of our team and of our players because the front of their jersey reads "Memphis".

Sunday was just one game. It could all still work out, or not. In any event, for the next 10 days, we will keep our growl towels close to our hearts and we will be bound together, rich, poor, black, white, brown. We will scoff at those who wear Lakers jerseys to FedEx Forum and we will all walk with a little more determination because we truly love Memphis. This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.

Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.