Marc Gasol Injury: Updates on Grizzlies Center's Abdomen

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIMarch 23, 2013

The Memphis Grizzlies will have to continue their quest for a home playoff series without center Marc Gasol for the time being, as he has injured his abdominal muscle and will have to miss time.


UPDATE: Wednesday, March 27 at 6:50 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to NBC Sports Net's Chris Mannix, Gasol is expected back in the Grizzlies' lineup tonight vs. the Knicks:


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CBS Sports' Ken Berger provided details on Gasol's injury:

With no return date set, Memphis will have a hole to fill at center for its Saturday night game against the Boston Celtics

The injury comes at a terrible time for Gasol and the Grizzlies. The All-Star big man is coming off an incredible performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday in which he had 14 points and 15 rebounds. 

But he made his biggest contribution when he tipped in the game-winning shot in overtime to take down the Thunder.

However, Memphis followed up that performance with a dud against the New Orleans Hornets, and that disappointing loss dropped it to 46-22 on the season. The Grizzlies are currently in a dogfight with the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets for the third and fourth playoff spots in the Western Conference.

All three teams were within a game of each other as Memphis was set to take on Boston, and ultimately, only two of them will get home-court advantage in the first round of the postseason. 

Every game counts for these franchises, and losing its starting center will be a huge blow for Memphis. 

Gasol is averaging 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting 49.2 percent from the field. He is also one of the best passing big men in the NBA, and he is dishing out 3.9 assists per night.

With him out of the lineup, both Darrell Arthur and Ed Davis will likely see their minutes increased. Memphis will need them to provide quality contributions in order to keep pace with the Clippers and Nuggets while Gasol is out.