Marc Gasol left tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets in the second half with what was originally reported by the Rockets announcers as “right foot soreness.” You know, the same foot that suffered a navicular bone fracture, sidelining Marc for the end of last season.
Ron Tillery noticed trainers checking on Marc’s right foot when he returned to the bench.
Trainers looking at Marc Gasol on the bench. Gasol has taken off his right shoe and is now headed to the locker room— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) October 16, 2016
Tony Allen, like many of us, was concerned.
Tony Allen just left bench and went into locker room, presumably to check on Gasol....— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) October 16, 2016
Grizz officials later stated that Gasol would not return to the game, but specified the injury was to the right ankle.
Should we be concerned? I don’t know. It’s not good that Gasol’s already dealing with injury issues, but at least it doesn’t appear to be related to the navicular bone fracture. The Grizzlies also have reason to cautiously monitor Gasol’s right foot as he returns from this injury, and do what they can to avoid re-aggravation.
I fully support whatever precautions the Grizzlies need to take to keep Gasol healthy for the playoffs, and for his career. I hope he gets better soon, and back to making plays like this!
Update: it appears Marc is fine. Whew!
Marc Gasol walked back to the bench in sweatpants and slapped five with Vince Carter. No noticeable limp.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) October 16, 2016