Marc Gasol ruled out indefinitely with MCL sprain

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The news out of Memphis certainly could have been much worse, but nonetheless, reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol has been ruled out indefinitely with an MCL sprain in his right knee, the team announced on Saturday.

The Grizzlies’ defensive anchor injured himself in a non-contact situation in the second quarter on Friday night against the Spurs. Jeff Ayres was getting into early post-up position on the right block on transition opportunity, and as Gasol was establishing position behind him, he stepped awkwardly and immediately grabbed his knee.

As is typically the case with non-contact injuries, many feared the worst. So the fact that Gasol did not suffer a more serious injury and will not need surgery is a relief. But things are going to be difficult in Memphis without him. The Grizz were on four-game winning streak prior to Friday, and they were beginning to find their way back into the Western Conference discussion.

But with the depth and talent that exists out West, the Grizzlies are going to have to work hard just to tread water and stay within arm’s length of a playoff spot while their anchor misses time. From what it sounds like, it could be several months until we see Gasol back on the court.

The Spurs are 4.5 games ahead of the Grizz in the standings at this juncture, so this doesn’t have a major effect on San Antonio at this point. But it was a bad night for injuries on Friday with Derrick Rose and Andre Iguodala also going down, and you hate to see that under any circumstances.