Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is set for a spell on the sidelines after breaking his right foot.
It is believed that Gasol suffered the injury during the Grizzlies’ 112-106 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in overtime on Monday. Gasol scored 11 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists in 11 minutes of action before leaving the court late in the first quarter, and he did not return.
Gasol’s foot was subsequently examined by the team’s medical staff on Tuesday morning and after undergoing an MRI it was confirmed that he had broken his foot.
Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace confirmed that there is no official timeline on when Gasol could return, but added that an update on the 31-year-old’s condition will be provided after the All-Star Weekend, which takes place in Toronto this week.
“Marc is a cornerstone of our franchise, and we are focused on getting him healthy,” Wallace said in a statement. “Marc will be out indefinitely and a further update will be provided after the All-Star Break.”
Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger admitted that Gasol’s injury is a big blow for the team as the Spaniard has been averaging 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and one steal per game this season.
“It’s certainly not great for Marc and his family. I know he’s disappointed,” Joerger told 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.”