Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is out for an unknown amount of time after suffering a grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Friday game against the San Antonio Spurs. It an injury the team has handled before.
"I've learned a lot from Marc and Zach," Koufos said. "I'm just going to play hard like I have been my whole career, and just learn from it and try to carry the team as best I can. I'm definitely prepared for whatever obstacle."
Koufos has embraced his role as a bench player in Memphis and has earned Randolph's and Gasol's respect.
without Gasol. And neither Randolph nor Gasol is going to be as good without the other.
Of course, at the moment, Gasol's diagnosis was not official. Randolph and all of Grizz Nation held out hope that Gasol's injury would only cost him and the team a few days. But an MRI showed Gasol has a grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. While Converse Shoes Different Colors Gasol isn't having surgery, he is expected to miss several weeks.
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A team chemistry that already required a re mix now must undergo another change. In sweeping the recent four game road trip, the Grizzlies returned to their roots defensive intensity and getting the ball to Randolph and Gasol. Now, the Grizz are left with their defense and a need for others to collectively make up the difference on offense.
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Even with a healthy Gasol, the Spurs showed in sweeping the Grizz out of the Western Conference Finals the value of focusing on the Women Converse Sneakers
Two seasons ago, Randolph suffered a similar injury and even when he returned he wasn't as mobile, wasn't himself. So the Grizzlies are going to be different going forward.
"They've been playing together a long time and so they have a really good chemistry," Golden State forward Andre Iguodala said after the Grizzlies beat the Warriors earlier this month.
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paint and making life difficult for the bigs. The Spurs employed the same strategy last week in Memphis to great effect. Gasol only played nine minutes before his injury. Randolph managed a double double 16 points and 10 rebounds but was just 5 for 15 from the floor.
"Man, praying, praying," Randolph said after Gasol limped off the FedExForum court during the Friday, Nov. 22, game won by the San Antonio Spurs. "Need him."
"They play four on one against me," Randolph said.
"We did a pretty good job on their bigs and Zach Randolph in particular," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "If you don't do your work early, they will kill. So it was a big emphasis for us."
In the immediate aftermath of All Star center Marc Gasol's knee injury, frontcourt mate Zach Randolph had a simple plan.
The Grizzlies enhanced their depth with the offseason trade that sent to Denver for the Nuggets' starting center Kosta Koufos. On a playoff team that won 57 games last season, the 7 foot, 265 pound Koufos averaged 8.0 points and 6.9 rebounds. Over five seasons, he has averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds.
The Grizzlies are not looking for Koufos to carry them, of course, and he didn't mean it like it may have sounded, also saying, "Whatever it takes to win."
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a lot of depth. It's a great opportunity for someone to step up and play well."
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