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Grizzlies Rudy Gay out for season, needs shoulder surgery

Mar 22, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

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That sound you hear was the hopes of Grizzlies fans to be a real threat in the playoffs deflating.

Rudy Gay, Memphis’ dynamic wing player who signed a max contract last summer, will need season ending shoulder surgery reports the Commercial Appeal. Gay has been out for a month since injuring his shoulder against the Sixers, but a second opinion recently from everyone’s favorite orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews (what, you can name another one off the top of your head?) changed everything.

“I’ve never really been hurt. I’ve never had anything shut me down,” Gay said. “There’s really no brace or anything I can wear to make it better. I have to have the surgery.”

Gay was the slasher and scorer from the wing that the Grizzlies need to balance out Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol in the paint. He was averaging 19.8 points per game shooting a career-best 47.1 percent this season before the injury.

Memphis has played well without Gay, having gone 8-6, including wins over San Antonio and Oklahoma City. They are currently holding down the eighth playoff spot in the West. But for them to do damage to an elite team in a seven-game series without Gay will be a much, much taller mountain to climb. More like K2.

No date has been set for the surgery. He should be good to go next season (whenever that starts) but will not be part of the Grizzlies playoff run.

  1. mada949 - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    The Grizzlies beat Miami in the beginning of the season on gay buzzer beater. They did not beat them after Gay was injured. In fact, they lost by 30 points. Just thought I would let you know.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      Mada949, I was already informed of that by my editors and fixed. I just misread the schedule when I was confirming who they beat.

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