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Marc Gasol's torn neck muscle ends his season

Apr 1, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

This is the kind of injury that anyone who has slept wrong one night can appreciate (just imagine the pain multiplied).

Marc Gasol will miss the rest of the season due to a torn neck muscle, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said Wednesday evening. Gasol injured it in a collision with Brendan Haywood in the Grizzlies overtime loss to Dallas. He missed the second half of that game because of the pain.

Gasol had been a solid center for the Grizzlies all season, averaging 14.6 points on 58 percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds per game. But with the Grizzlies out of the playoff picture there was no reason to push the Spaniard this season to keep playing.

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