Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is out indefinitely after breaking his right foot, the team announced.
The news was first reported by Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal.
Gasol was injured during Monday’s overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and left the game in the first quarter. He admitted to reporters that he was playing hurt after Saturday’s overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Head coach Dave Joerger indicated after Monday’s game that Gasol was “dinged up” and that he could miss Wednesday’s game in Brooklyn.
“It’s certainly not great for Marc and his family. I know he’s disappointed,” Joerger said, according to the Commercial Appeal. “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.”
“Marc is a cornerstone of our franchise, and we are focused on getting him healthy. Marc will be out indefinitely and a further update will be provided after the All-Star break,” general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. The team announced Gasol had an MRI on Tuesday morning which revealed the injury.
Gasol, 31, is a two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year averaging 16.6 points, seven rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 52 games this season.
The Grizzlies are 30–22 and sit fifth in the Western Conference.
- Jeremy Woo