Marc Gasol again has an injury to his right foot, but a recent MRI in which the Memphis Grizzlies’ top big man underwent revealed disparate damage from the malady that induced his longest absence in a NBA season.
Missing 30 games last season, primarily as a result of suffering a broken foot, Gasol left Saturday’s double-overtime preseason game against the Houston Rockets due to what was categorized at the time as ankle discomfort. New Grizzlies’ head coach David Fizdale said, via Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com, that the MRI showed Gasol has a bone bruise.
As a result, he will sit out of Wednesday’s preseason-finale against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Fizdale indicated that the bruise is not to the same bone that Gasol broke last season. The center did some conditioning and light shooting work on Monday while wearing normal basketball shoes at Memphis’ practice, per Wallace, which dispelled any reason for concern on multiple mediums.
“I didn’t have to leave the game,” Gasol said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com. “I got subbed out then just used [the time on the bench] to get some ice and remove my ankle tape. That was all.”
The 31-year-old Spaniard then attempted to cease any fan panic on his Twitter account.
Memphis proceeding with caution makes sense after the rampant injury issues the team endured last season. The skeleton-crew Grizzlies proved to be no match for the San Antonio Spurs in the teams’ first-round matchup, one that did not include Gasol or point guard Mike Conley.
Gasol is entering his ninth NBA season. The two-time All-Star and longtime Zach Randolph running mate averaged 16.6 points and seven rebounds per game last season before it ended prematurely in February.