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Memphis’ Rudy Gay out month with shoulder injury

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Rudy Gay, the best perimeter player and key cog of the suddenly hot Memphis Grizzlies, will be out for at least a month due to a left shoulder subluxation discovered by an MRI on Wednesday.

That sound you hear is the Memphis Grizzlies hot streak and playoff chances careening off the rails. Right now the Grizzlies are half-a-game out of the final playoff spot in the West but were 8-2 in their last 10.

A subluxation is where a joint that is starting to dislocate, kind of a partial dislocation. It can still be quite painful and cause damage to the tendons and ligaments in the area. Gay will receive treatment for a week and be re-evaluated in a month, the team said.

Gay suffered his on his left shoulder midway through the Grizzlies victory over the Sixers Tuesday night. He left the game (after trying to shoot his free throws one handed) and did not return.

Gay is averaging 19.8 points per game and is part of the outside, slashing balance for the Grizzlies to Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol inside. He also is shooting 39.6 percent from three this season. In the last 10 games he has averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds a game (but has shot just 25 percent from three).

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.