The Memphis Grizzlies announced that starting center Marc Gasol has been diagnosed with a Grade II MCL sprain. He is out “indefinitely” but will not need surgery. Obviously the loss of Gasol – the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year – will put additional pressure on the Grizzlies and rookie head coach Dave Joerger. The expectation is that Kosta Koufos – acquired from Denver on draft night – will assume the starting center duties while Gasol is out.
Here is the official release from the Grizzlies:
Memphis, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that center Marc Gasol underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which revealed a MCL sprain in his left knee. He will be out indefinitely and no surgery will be required.
Gasol (7-1, 265), who sustained the injury in the second quarter last night against San Antonio, was evaluated at the Campbell Clinic today by team physician Dr. Fred Azar.
The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Gasol ranked second on the Grizzlies in scoring, rebounding and assists and led the team in blocks entering the game against the Spurs. The 2012 All-Star and 2012-13 Second Team All-NBA center has missed just four games dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season, playing and starting in 239 of a possible 243 regular season contests.
While the team has not put a timeline on Gasol’s return, our non-expert google searches suggest that Gasol will need 3-4 weeks of rest, followed by a few weeks of rehabilitation. Considering that #GrizzNation was bracing for news that Gasol was done for the season, 6-8 weeks feels like a relief.
Stay tuned to 3SOB.com for more information and analysis of Marc’s injury and its impact on the 2013-2014 Grizzlies.
Grind on, Memphis.