The amazing thing about Memphis’ run through the playoffs was they did it without their best perimeter player… heck, their best player period.
Rudy Gay dislocated his shoulder in February and had to have surgery, knocking him out for the rest of the season. He’s just been rehabbing and trying to be ready to go whenever the league is ready to go after the lockout.
This week he reached a milestone, reports Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld.
Last night, Rudy Gay was able to shoot a basketball for the first time in five months. Gay underwent surgery to repair his partially-dislocated left shoulder in March, but he has now been cleared to put up shots. Immediately after receiving the good news, the small forward went to a nearby gym to shoot around. While he still has a lot of work to do before he can play at full speed, this is a step in the right direction for Gay, who last played on February 15.
Gay may have a long ways to go, but it looks like he may have a long time to get there. But with him back in the lineup Memhis becomes a very interesting team to watch next season.
That sound you hear was the hopes of Grizzlies fans to be a real threat in the playoffs deflating.
Rudy Gay, Memphis’ dynamic wing player who signed a max contract last summer, will need season ending shoulder surgery reports the Commercial Appeal. Gay has been out for a month since injuring his shoulder against the Sixers, but a second opinion recently from everyone’s favorite orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews (what, you can name another one off the top of your head?) changed everything.
“I’ve never really been hurt. I’ve never had anything shut me down,” Gay said. “There’s really no brace or anything I can wear to make it better. I have to have the surgery.”
Gay was the slasher and scorer from the wing that the Grizzlies need to balance out Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol in the paint. He was averaging 19.8 points per game shooting a career-best 47.1 percent this season before the injury.
Memphis has played well without Gay, having gone 8-6, including wins over San Antonio and Oklahoma City. They are currently holding down the eighth playoff spot in the West. But for them to do damage to an elite team in a seven-game series without Gay will be a much, much taller mountain to climb. More like K2.
No date has been set for the surgery. He should be good to go next season (whenever that starts) but will not be part of the Grizzlies playoff run.
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).
Rudy Gay, who was fourth on the Team USA in scoring at 9 points a game before the USA took on Tunisia Thursday, suffered a mild groin strain in the game and sat out the second half of that game.
It doesn’t sound all that serious, if you listen to Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s comments to Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse (posted on twitter):
“We think we’ll be fine but we just didn’t want to chance that”
Which is why Gay sat the second half.
The USA is off until Monday, so Gay has plenty of time to rest. We’ll see how much he is worked in practice the next few days, or if he gets a couple days off.
Coach K is very mindful that he has a team of NBA players who a couple weeks after they leave Turkey will be back in their team’s training camps (in Gay’s case the Memphis camp). Groin injuries are a thing that can linger if not taken care of right the first time. We’ll have to monitor Gay to see his progress.
But you can expect him back and ready to go Monday when the USA takes on Angola in the first round of the knockout stage of the tournament.