Gasol suffered a bone bruise on his right foot in a preseason matchup with the Rockets last week. While he was healthy enough to play in the team's exhibition finale Wednesday, Gasol's minutes will be monitored closely as the regular season kicks off in an effort to prevent a minor issue from turning into something more concerning. Coach David Fizdale did not state how many minutes Gasol will play in Wednesday's opener against Minnesota, but the fact that he's under any sort of restriction makes him a fairly risky daily play.
Gasol (foot) turned in six points (2-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 20 minutes in Wednesday's 101-94 preseason loss to the Timberwolves.
Gasol's rough night from the field and inability to slow down a red-hot Karl-Anthony Towns (31 points on 7-for-10 shooting) may have been the difference in the game's final outcome, but the Grizzlies were probably satisfied with the fact that the center was able to get back on the court so quickly after suffering an injury to his right foot in the preceding exhibition game. Gasol had previously fractured the same foot last season, but there doesn't appear to be any concern that he'll be inhibited heading into the coming campaign. The 31-year-old still profiles as one of the better fantasy centers out there, and he could offer more diversity in his production in 2016-17 after beginning to dabble with three-point shots throughout the preseason.
Gasol has dealt with a bone bruise in his foot recently and there was some concern originally it could sideline him for an extended absence. However, after it was revealed to be just a bruise, the Grizzlies indicated they expected to have him available for the start of the regular season and his availability for Wednesday's game only confirms that Gasol should be good to go moving forward. Considering it's his first game back, it wouldn't be surprising if Gasol saw his minutes restricted.
Gasol injured his foot on Saturday, and there was some concern he aggravated the same fractured bone in his right foot that required season ending surgery in February of last season. However, an MRI "came back clear", and the injury appears to be a bone bruise in a different area than his previous fracture. The injury was sustained while Gasol was playing his third game in five nights, which represented the most extensive test his foot and conditioning had seen in the eight months since surgery. The veteran big man does not seem to concerned about the issue, and team expects him to be available for the season opener against the Timberwolves.
Originally diagnosed as a right ankle sprain, an MRI later revealed that a bone bruise is the real problem for Gasol. It is a different bone than the one that forced him to miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season, but it will likely cause the Grizzlies to remain extra cautious with their starting center for the start of the regular season and potentially longer. There is no official timetable on Gasol's return, so he should be considered day-to-day until the team can give an official update on his recovery.
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