by Kevin Lipe
The Grizzlies have officially announced that guard Quincy Pondexter has been diagnosed with a "tarsal navicular stress fracture in his right foot." The team's statement said that Pondexter is out indefinitely. Other sources, most notably Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, have said that Pondexter will miss the remainder of the season:
Memphis forward Quincy Pondexter is expected to miss the rest of the season with the stress fracture in his foot, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 9, 2013
Twitter was buzzing with speculation about the nature of Pondexter's injury after he tweeted this this morning without context:
Wow— Quincy Pondexter (@QuincyPondexter) December 9, 2013
Info surfaced that Pondexter had an MRI today, and it was all downhill from there.
While Pondexter's injury isn't as big of a blow to the injury-ridden Grizzlies as the loss of Marc Gasol, his absence will be felt by a team that was already sorely lacking in production at the wing. With Tony Allen and Ed Davis missing games with injuries, and Zach Randolph still recovering from a toe injury, the Grizzlies have been bitten by the injury bug this season, and hard. What remains to be seen is (1) how this injury will affect the ability of the Griz to tread water until Gasol returns and (2) what the team plans to do, if anything, to shore up those positions.
I've heard confirmation of another Wojnarowski report: that the team is working out free agent guards Reggie Williams, Darius Morris, and Seth Curry this week, in addition to Kendall Marshall, a name I didn't hear confirmed. So it seems like the Griz are likely to make some sort of a small move to shore up the rotation.
The season is only 25% of the way over, so it's too early to make any kind of "there goes the season" proclaimation, but it does feel like the Grizzlies can't catch a break this year, and like things are one or two more bad breaks away from slipping out of their hands. Pondexter had struggled this year, but is a good enough player that he was likely to return to form at some point soon. Now he's missing entirely, and the Grizzlies have yet another hole to fill.