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).
Take comfort, chairs and staffers.
The 76ers have raised Joel Embiid‘s minute limit from 24 to 28.
Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:
This was never a hard limit. Embiid played more than 24 minutes in five of his 12 games with a high of 27 in an overtime contest. Presumably, the new “limit” will also allow for Embiid to sometimes it.
Embiid’s numbers per 36 minutes are eye-popping: 28.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3.8 blocks and 6.4 turnovers. A small workload likely factors into his per-minute dominance, and he’s still a long way from typical starter minutes. But I’m interested to see how his production translates over a larger sample.
The 76ers, in their mission to be less bad this season, will also appreciate a few more minutes of Embiid. They defend like the NBA’s second-best defense with him on the floor and the league’s second-worst defense without him. They also score a little better with him. Overall, they get outscored by just 2.2 points per 100 possessions with him and a whopping 14.2 points per 100 possessions without him.
This could give Philadelphia a couple extra wins over the rest of the season. At minimum, it’ll make the 76ers more enjoyable to watch for a few more minutes each game.
Opponents shoot just 41.8% at the rim with Rudy Gobert defending it – which is now second to Hassan Whiteside among the 50 players who defend the most shots at the rim per game.
But James Johnson went up with no fear, scoring two of his 24 points in the Heat’s 111-110 win over the Jazz last night.
The Hornets didn’t just beat the Mavericks, 97-87, last night.
Nicolas Batum got Charlotte style points with this pass through Dwight Powell‘s legs, assisting Cody Zeller.
To be fair, Malcolm Brogdon was already off-balance before Rondae Hollis-Jefferson began his crossover.
To be real, DID YOU SEE BROGDON FALL OVER?