Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol out indefinitely with grade 2 MCL sprain

Nov 22, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) holds his knee during the second quarter of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies fans have been eagerly awaiting the results of Marc Gasol’s MRI, and there is both bad and good news.

The bad news is that Gasol has suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain, which will sideline him indefinitely. The good news is that the MCL is not torn and will not require surgery, which would likely have kept him out a very long time.

“Indefinitely” is probably the most annoying word for all NBA fans. Having a specific timetable for a player’s return is somehow comforting, but “indefinitely” doesn’t provide such luxury.

Several players around the league have suffered the same injury, and while it is not a torn ligament, it is still very serious. As with most injuries, the return date is different for each and every player. A grade 2 MCL sprain usually sidelines guys anywhere from one to three months. Jeff Stotts, an injury analyst at Rotowire, found eight past cases of grade 2 MCL sprains, with an average of 23 games missed.

This is obviously a huge hit to the Grizzlies. Gasol is the team’s best player and provides irreplacable qualities to Memphis’ frontcourt.

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