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Marc Gasol suffers left knee injury, will have MRI (Video)

Marc Gasol kneeMarc Gasol left Friday’s Memphis Grizzlies-San Antonio Spurs game in the second quarter after suffering a knee injury.

The team said he suffered a “left knee sprain” and that he will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the injury.

Gasol was defending Jeff Ayres in the low post early in the second quarter when he hurt his knee. There didn’t seem to be anything specific that caused his knee injury, but he bent over and was clutching his knee in obvious pain.

Gasol is averaging 17.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.2 blocks and a steal per game for the Grizzlies. He had 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists before leaving Friday’s game. The Grizzlies will obviously hope the injury to the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year is not serious.

Marc Gasol checks on Tony Parker after poking him in eye (Video)

Marc GasolThe Memphis Grizzlies were unable to compete with the San Antonio Spurs in the Eastern Conference finals, but at least they showed their opponents some excellent sportsmanship.

Late in the fourth quarter of Game 4, Marc Gasol accidentally poked Tony Parker in the eye while trying to defend a shot. Rather than hustle back to the other end of the floor where the Grizzlies were on offense, Gasol stayed back to make sure Parker was OK.

The Grizzlies scored on their offensive possession despite not having Gasol on that end of the floor, so that may have been karma rewarding them.

“It’s OK. It happens. It’s a very physical series and I know Marc didn’t do it on purpose,” Parker said of the poke after the game.

Parker had 37 points, four rebounds, and six assists in the series-ending 93-86 win. Gasol had 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists in the loss. He also showed much better sportsmanship than a team like the Boston Celtics.

Marc Gasol uses shoe to play defense on Derrick Favors (Video)

Marc Gasol shoeMarc Gasol became resourceful Saturday and used his shoe to try stopping Derrick Favors on defense.

Gasol made a hook shot to make it 71-67 Utah in the fourth quarter, but Favors stepped on Gasol’s foot, causing his opponent’s shoe to come off. Luckily for Gasol, his Grizzlies teammate Ed Davis picked up the shoe and gave it to him. Gasol didn’t have a chance to put the shoe back on, so he used the spare sneaker to try poking the ball loose from Favors as the Jazz forward tried going past him. Gasol was called for a foul on the play and had no luck pleading with the referees.

Utah ended up beating Memphis 90-84 while Gasol only had 11 points in the loss.

Video via @cjzero

Marc Gasol doesn’t think Team USA would have a chance against Dream Team

Just when you thought the current Team USA vs. Dream Team debate was over, Marc Gasol came in with possibly the harshest assessment of all. Gasol and several other members of the Spanish basketball team talked to Hoops Hype about Team USA and they were asked whether the current team was better than the Dream Team that won gold in Barcelona in 1992. The Grizzlies big man didn’t speak well of the current squad.

“Who has created this debate?” Gasol asked. “They have, right? On a bad day for the ’92 team, the current team would lose by just 15 or 20 points against them.”

The other players who were interviewed by Hoops Hype sided with the Dream Team, though with less conviction than Gasol.

He’s not the only NBA player who questioned the current squad; Argentina’s Andres Nocioni isn’t so confident in their abilities either.

“The U.S. team will have to work very hard for the gold medal and I’m not so sure they will get it,” he said.

Both players are competing against Team USA for medals at the Olympics, so it’s understandable why they would be reluctant to give the US squad too much credit. But Gasol’s comments are beyond not wanting to give credit and more along the lines of disrespectful. He’ll have a lot to live up to when Spain and the US meet. And we know one thing: Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, and Michael Jordan would definitely agree with him.

Note: This post also appeared on Yardbarker’s Olympics blog Medal Detector
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