Marc Gasol Injury: Updates on Grizzlies Star's Recovery from Foot Surgery

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) plays in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
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Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol suffered a broken foot on Feb. 8 against the Portland Trail Blazers. The injury required surgery and has ended his season.

Continue for updates. 

Gasol Out for Season

Tuesday, Feb. 23

The Grizzlies announced Gasol underwent surgery Feb. 20 to repair the fracture in his foot, and the procedure will end his season. The team noted Gasol is expected to make a full recovery.

Wallace Comments on Gasol's Surgery

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace discussed Gasol's situation in a team release:

Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan. Marc’s determination and competitive spirit will serve him, his family and the team well as he begins the healing and rehab process from which we expect him to make a full recovery. We are confident we will have Marc back anchoring our team next season and beyond.

Gasol Comments on Injury

Tuesday, Feb. 23

“It is frustrating to not be on the court with my teammates at this time but I understand that the focus of this process is on long-term health and stability," Gasol said in the release. "I look forward to the road ahead and a full and successful recovery.”

Joerger Comments on Gasol's Injury

Tuesday, Feb. 9

“It’s certainly not great for Marc and his family. I know he’s disappointed,” Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said, per Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal. “It’s bad for our team. This is a tight bunch of dudes. They care about each other. It hurts everybody. Marc is a guy who lays it out there for his teammates and the fans. We’re going to fight, scratch and claw.”

How Gasol's Injury Impacts Grizzlies

Gasol suffered a sprained ankle in an early December blowout against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he's been relatively healthy overall since suffering an MCL sprain in 2013. 

Big Marc appeared in 81 games last season en route to his second career All-Star selection, and he hasn't slowed down much since signing a max contract over the summer to remain in Memphis for the next five years. 

Heading into the Feb. 8 game, Gasol was averaging 16.7 points, seven rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 blocks a night while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. 

While Gasol's absence sparks immediate concern about Memphis' defensive capabilities down low, it spans far beyond the 7-footer's elite talent on that end. So much of the Grizzlies offense runs through Gasol in the high post, and his ability to act as a secondary distributor alongside point guard Mike Conley helps diversify the team's looks. 

Ryan Hollins can provide some support in the rebounding department and is an occasional scorer on the low block, but he is not talented enough to replicate Gasol's production.

Simply put, there's no easy way for Memphis to fill the void at center with Gasol out for the season.