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Early this morning, Quincy Pondexter tweeted “wow” and changed his profile picture to all black. It was an ominous sign, and we’ve been waiting for more information.

Around lunchtime, we got confirmation that Grizzlies’ reserve Quincy Pondexter is expected to miss the remainder of the 2013-2014 season with a foot injury. The news came after Quincy underwent an MRI this morning for further evaluation of a foot injury sustained during Saturday’s home loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Now, the Memphis Grizzlies have put out a formal release:

December 9, 2013 – The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that guard/forward Quincy Pondexter underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) this morning and has been diagnosed with a tarsal navicular stress fracture in his right foot. He will be out indefinitely.

Pondexter (6-6, 225), who sustained the injury in the first half of the December 7 game against Golden State, was evaluated at the Campbell Clinic by team physician Dr. Fred Azar.

The 25-year-old has averaged 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 18.0 minutes in 15 games (two starts) this season, his fourth in the NBA.  He scored a career-high 22 points on Nov. 30 vs. Brooklyn.

Drafted by Oklahoma City in the first round (26th overall) in the 2010 NBA Draft, Pondexter holds career averages of 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 15.9 minutes in 204 games (17 starts) with Memphis and New Orleans.

Memphis signed the University of Washington product to a multi-year contract extension on Oct. 31.

While the team is reporting that the injury will keep Quincy out “indefinitely” the word we received from sources close to the team is that Quincy is expected to miss the rest of the season. Obviously we are not medical professionals, but our amateur research indicates that recovery from a  tarsal navicular stress fracture will take 5-6 months. Whether he may be ready to return if the team makes the post-season remains to be seen, though making assumptions that the Grizzlies will make the playoffs may be in folly at this point.

UPDATEQuincy has tweeted confirmation about his injury, saying that he will be back better than ever next season:


For more information about tarsal navicular stress fractures and potential treatment and/or recovery, check out these links:

Obviously, the loss of Quincy is another significant blow to the Grizzlies’ hopes of returning to the Western Conference Finals. It is too early to know how the front office will respond, but in the short term the team must get better production from Jerryd Bayless and Mike Miller and we can probably expect to see more of Jamaal Franklin.

Last week on 3 Shades of Blue Radio I suggested that it is time to add another F/C to the roster, which currently only has 13 players. The need to add depth is only magnified by the loss of Quincy. It looks like the front office suspected the news on Quincy may be bad, as they are working out 3 free agent guards this week – Darius Morris, Reggie Williams and Seth Curry, brother of the Warriors’ Steph Curry.

Stay tuned to 3 Shades of Blue for more news and analysis regarding the loss of Quincy Pondexter and the team’s response to his absence.

Grind on, Memphis.


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