VIDEO: Blazers top Grizzlies in overtime
It’s been hurtful enough for the Grizzlies to drop back-to-back home games in overtime to Dallas and Portland.
Now the pain level goes up with the word that center Marc Gasol has a broken right foot and could miss the rest of the season. The team is currently saying he’ll be out indefinitely.
Gasol has been playing with the injury and it had previously been stated that he couldn’t do any further damage. He started Monday night against Portland, but left the game with a minute left in the first quarter.
Ron Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal spoke to the principals:
“It’s certainly not great for Marc and his family. I know he’s disappointed,” Griz coach Dave Joerger said. “It’s bad for our team. This is a tight bunch of dudes. They care about each other. It hurts everybody. Marc is a guy who lays it out there for his teammates and the fans. We’re going to fight, scratch and claw.”
Gasol is averaging 16.6 points, seven rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. He’s appeared in all 52 games for the Griz this season.
“I have some issues, but you have to push through it,” Gasol said last Saturday after a home loss to Dallas. “I’m never going to use not being 100 percent as an excuse. It’s just not me. I’m going to push through it and give whatever I have to my team. That’s how I’ve always been, and that’s how it’s going to be.”
Before the pair of losses in OT, the Grizzlies had won nine out of 10 games. They are currently 30-22 and hold down the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference playoff race.