Grizzlies’ Playoff Dreams May Die With a Broken Foot

Gasol's broken foot may kill his team's playoff chancesIt’s getting to that point in the NBA season where teams really start talking about their playoffs chances…and until last week, the Memphis Grizzlies were about ready to count their chickens when it came to making the post-season.

After all, the team was on a 9-and-2 run going into their match-up against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. And then, the unthinkable happened. Late in the first quarter, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol left the game after somehow hurting his right foot (it’s not clear how the star player was injured, but he scored just 11 points in the game, which ended with a Grizzlies loss in overtime, before getting sidelined.)

The next day, an MRI revealed the bad news: Gasol had broken the foot. Now, the seven-footer has been officially ruled out of the game for the next six weeks for sure, although he’ll likely be gone longer than that—there’s a lot of online speculation that he’ll need to have surgery. With regular season play for the Grizz ending on April 13, this injury more than likely means that Gasol will play no contributing role in the team’s scramble to make the play offs.

So, will this injury throw Memphis off its game? The team currently sits in 5th place in the Western Conference, but is only 4.5 games ahead of 9th place Portland (by whom they just got beat.) So, what do you think: can Memphis still make the playoffs? Let me know in the comments.
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.