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Rudy Gay out for the season

Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:14 am
 
Rudy Gay will miss the rest of the season after shoulder surgery. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Rudy Gay has been on the shelf for a while with a shoulder injury. First he was expected back in two weeks. Then it was taking longer than expected, and it turned into a month. Now, his season is over. 

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that after a second opinion was sought for Gay in Alabama from a shoulder expert, Gay has told the paper that his season is over, as he'll need surgery.

Have I mentioned that the Grizzlies gave Gay a five-year, $84 million contract this summer? Have I mentioned that the Grizzlies are looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since the departure of Pau Gasol? Have I mentioned they're still chasing their first playoff win for Memphis? Have I mentioned the team is finally in a place to have consistent efforts and contributions from multiple positions on the floor, from the bench, and on both sides of the ball? 

This news is the kind of momentum killer that ends seasons.  It'll be up to players like Tony Allen, Shane Battier, Zach Randolph, and new leader Mike Conley to keep the ship right, in the face of an extremely difficult schedule, a rising Rockets team only two games back, and missing their best player. Zach Randolph may be their biggest star and their most important player, but Rudy Gay was capable of attacking from ther perimeter with jumpshots and attacking the basket, snatching rebounds, starting the break, creating steals, distributing, and rising for cltuch shots. Without him, they are a dangerous team with a good defense, veteran leadership, an All-Star caliber forward, and good chemistry. But without him they also lack the kind of star needed to make pushes in the playoffs. Their odds were not good in a likely matchup with San Antonio. 

Barring one of the most shocking runs in the history of the NBA, the Grizzlies have had a firm cap put on their season, once again. Them's the breaks. 
Comments

Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:51 am
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

We will be fine. It is a terrible lose of a franchise player, but I have complete faith that the Grizz are so defensively sound and lead by some veteran players that we are a force in the West that noone really wants to play. We have beat superior teams all year long and I think as long as we squeeze in at the 7th or 8th spot we will win our first playoff game. Tony Allen is the man!!!



Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:37 am
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

Well their next three are Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio.... get tougher is an understatement. I'd take going 1-3 in that 3 game set. 



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:12 am
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

Rockets are closing in on Memphis. Griz will need to get tougher to make the playoffs.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:02 am
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

The Griz will not make it to the 6th spot. Portland is moving on up. 7th is as high as they make it unless Denver crashes and burns. They might pass the Hornets, but no matter who you face, Spurs, Mavericks, Lakers, it is going to be another first round exit.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

They should have kept Josh Davis after pre-season.  Cheap ass owner.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

It's a damn shame. So many years rebuilding, and Memphis is so close to contending. After 4 lottery picks Rudy Gay, Mike Conley Jr. OJ Mayo, and Hasheem Thabeet.
The Grizzilies are an improving team, but I am not sure you should include the selection of Thabeet as a lottery pick as one of the positives for Memphis considering (1) career averages of 2.3 ppg and 2.8 rpg, (2) he is no longer on the Grizzlies, traded to Houston and (3) he's not even really on Houston having been assigned to the developmental league.  If anything, the selection set the Grizzlies back a year or two as there were much more productive players available with the #2 pick in the draft that year.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

Rockets won't be catching them. This is still a very nice team without Rudy Gay, and with the way they play at home they'll be just fine in the playoff race. Infact, Memphis may even catch New Orleans for the 7th seed. We've known all along that Rudy Gay may not return for the regular season. So this news isn't "season killing" as the article implies. What this actually kills is any real chance of a series upset in the playoffs. But they will make the playoffs, and they won't get swept .. even without Rudy. Seriously, watch this team play. These guys are on a mission. They haven't been fazed in the least by Gay's absence. Sure, they miss him. But they're going about their business just the same, and when you watch them play and then take a look at their schedule after this week there's no reason to predict a collapse. They'll be just fine.



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:44 am
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

This team will be just fine, I'd rather play the Spurs in the first round without GAY. The Griz looked great VS the jazz last night if we could play constent Hollins needs to find it soon, I would not want the Lakers the first round,come on back Rudy next year we will need ya.



Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:03 am
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

The Grizzlies have been pushing the 7th and 6th seeded teams without Gay. (what are they a game out of 7, and 1 1/2 out of 6??) not only think they'll make the playoffs, I believe they could slide into a 7 or 6 spot. Losing Gay is hard, but hasn't changed their position since he's been out. They have gelled well under Hollins leadership, and outstanding play from Randolph, Conley, Allen, and Gasol. They'll be alright. Now if they do make the playoffs.... winning a playoff game MAY be a tall order.



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:02 am
 

Rudy Gay out for the season

It's a damn shame. So many years rebuilding, and Memphis is so close to contending. After 4 lottery picks Rudy Gay, Mike Conley Jr. OJ Mayo, and Hasheem Thabeet. The growth of Marc Gasol, who they traded their star Pau for, and the ressurection of ZBo's career, Memphis was finally going to be a dangerous playoff team. They should still be able to win their first playoff game, but Rudy Gay is their Franchise player, and they won't be going anywhere without him.


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