Ja Morant is prone on the floor of the FedExForum court after one of his many forays into the paint was met with force by the Minnesota Timberwolves during game 1 of the opening-round series in the Western Conference Playoffs. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku/The New Tri-State Defender)

Picture an afternoon at FedExForum during game 1 of the opening round playoffs series pitting Memphis against Minnesota’s T-Wolves.

The canvass reflects Ja Morant’s warm-up, a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, the Grizzlies’ energy-filled pregame warmup, fans ready to explode in FedExForum, the ups and downs of the game, a halftime balancing act, a woman removed after chaining herself to the base of a goal, and  postgame interaction linking Morant, Zach Randolph and Moneybagg Yo.

With TSD Associate Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku providing the photographer’s eye and capturing images from his vantage point, here is his yield from an afternoon that amounted to a photographic bonanza.




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