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Marc Gasol out indefinitely with abdominal tear

Mar 23, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

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Marc Gasol re-aggravated an abdominal tear he initially suffered back on March 6, and is out indefinitely with the injury, the team announced on Saturday.

Gasol has played every game since then, so the injury wasn’t serious enough at the time to keep him out of action. It has now forced him out of at least one game, as Gasol was sidelined for the Grizzlies’ home contest against the Celtics on Saturday.

The Grizzlies lost to the Hornets on Friday, in a game where Gasol logged 38 minutes and scored 16 points on 7-13 shooting, to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

Memphis currently sits in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, a half game behind the Clippers in fourth, and a game back of the Nuggets in third. There’s little concern of dropping to sixth given the eight-game cushion between the two spots, but if Gasol is out for an extended length of time, the Grizzlies can plan on an extremely tough first round playoff matchup which will begin on the road in either Denver or Los Angeles.

Gasol has been his team’s best overall player when taking into account both offensive and defensive contributions, and has averaged 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in 35 minutes per game this season.

 

  1. broncobeta - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Wow. This is huge.

    As a Nuggets fan I’m conflicted with the Grizz. I want to see them lose, but just enough to give Denver home court. After that I wish them the best.

    It’s hard out there for small market teams and the Grizz do it right. I hope he can be back for the playoffs. Denver and Memphis are wildcards in the West and I hope they don’t have to meet in the first round.

  2. pistolpete0903 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Absolutely.
    I am amazed to see this news getting little press.

    • savvybynature - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      If it’s not a Lakers or Heat story, it just isn’t newsworthy, apparently.

      • broncobeta - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:15 AM

        Yep. Nuggets are at 15 in a row and nothing will get posted until people get around to it.

  3. pistolpete0903 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    I am not saying this should be front-page news. But a critical player on a dangerous playoff team goes out and not even a smack.
    On the other hand, LBJ throws down a dunk and it’s all over Sportscenter.

    Talk about the sports media biting the hand that feeds it.

  4. mat9844 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Hate to see this happen. Gasol is a player every team would love to have, exciting and fun to watch. Wish him a speedy recovery. (this from a big Clips fan)

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