Rudy Gay had an MRI Wednesday to examine the extent of an injury to his left shoulder he suffered during Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The MRI showed a partial dislocation of the shoulder.
This is a blow to the Memphis Grizzlies who have scrapped their way into the playoff race in the West. The team currently holds a record of 31-26 and sits in the eighth seed in the more difficult of the two conferences.
Since the start of 2011, the Grizzlies have a record of 17-8 and have beaten teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, and the Denver Nuggets. Their upcoming schedule does not get any easier. They must play the Nuggets, the San Antonio Spurs twice in a home-away split, the Hornets, Dallas, the Miami Heat, and the New York Knicks twice over the next four weeks.
Gay is the team’s second leading scorer with just a slight margin of separation between him and Zach Randolph. However, Gay is their most valuable player on the court night in and night out as he frequently draw the defensive assignment against the West’s elite swingmen.
It is going to take a lot for the Grizzlies to maintain their current level of play with Gay sidelined. He is expected to start rehabilitation next week and will be re-evaluated in four weeks, according to the team. Some estimates slate his return after a six-week absence.
Memphis did just get back O.J. Mayo from suspension. However, that should not be considered a consolation prize. How he will perform is anyone’s guess especially with his name being floated around in trade rumors.