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.