November 20, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley (11) and center Marc Gasol (33) celebrate after a basket during overtime against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 88-81 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol diagnosed with MCL sprain


This is a case of good news, bad news.

The good news? Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol does not have a torn ACL as was an initial fear. The bad news? Gasol does have a Grade 2 MCL sprain, this according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

Marc Gasol has a Grade 2 MCL sprain that does not require surgery, league source says. He is out indefinitely while the sprain heals.

It should be noted that the MCL is not torn, simply sprained though it’s still an injury that requires a hefty amount of recovery time.

Greg Stiemsma of the New Orleans Pelicans suffered a similar injury and was given a 6-8 week recovery timetable so it’s clear Memphis will be without their franchise big man for the foreseeable future.

Ed Davis will likely see the lion’s share of minutes in the wake of Gasol’s injury.

Gasol’s MCL sprain was just one of a handful of devastating injuries that took place around the NBA on Friday night, including a significantly strained hamstring for Andre Igoudala and Derrick Rose suffering what looks to be a crippling non-contact injury to his right knee.

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