With a healthy lineup the Memphis Grizzlies have struggled to a 7-6 record thus far this NBA season, and Memphis remains on the outside looking in regarding the postseason. Marc Gasol going down with a knee injury and with his health now in question will keep the Grizzlies out of the top eight in the Western Conference, and any chance at the postseason has now gone right out the window for Memphis.
Mike Conley has played very well for the Grizzlies and Zach Randolph continues to be play at a high level, but even with that said, Gasol is the best all-around player the Grizzles have on their roster. Marc has been able to score the ball, and although his rebounding is down it still ranks second on team in assists. He is only behind guards Conley and Tony Allen in the steals category, and no one comes close to Marc’s blocking ability on the entire squad.
There is no replacing what Gasol brings to the Grizzlies’ team. In a very tough Western Conference, without Marc there is no chance Memphis is able to keep up and get in the postseason picture. Kosta Koufos will be called upon to step up and take over Gasol’s starting center spot in the rotation, but those are some big shoes that Kosta will fail to fill.
A lot of people will think I’m crazy thinking this because Memphis is only a half game out of eighth place in the West, but there are teams behind the Grizzlies that have the ability to jump them in the standings with the absence of Gasol. The severity of the injury for Gasol is yet to be determined, but as far as Memphis is concerned it very well could be crippling.
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