Memphis Grizzlies star Rudy Gay out for the season

Via ESPN:

Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay needs surgery on his injured left shoulder and will miss the rest of the season.The Grizzlies announced Tuesday the team’s physician Fred Azar and orthopedic surgeon James Andrews have recommended surgery for Gay’s partially dislocated shoulder.

Gay has missed the past 14 games since suffering the injury on Feb. 15 against Philadelphia. The Grizzlies are 8-6 in his absence and remain in contention for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Memphis is trying to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2005-2006 season. Entering Tuesday’s games the Grizzlies were two games ahead of the Houston Rockets for the eighth and final playoff berth in the West.

The 6-foot-8 Gay averaged 19.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game this season. The five-year veteran out of Connecticut has been a reliable scorer late in games for the Grizzlies, hitting several important shots.

Gay, 24, hit a tie-breaking jump shot with less than a second to play in a Jan. 24 victory against Toronto, and his basket over LeBron James gave the Grizzlies a win at home against the Miami Heat on Nov. 20.

Gay signed a five-year, $82 million contract this past offseason.

The team said surgery has always been a possibility in the event that rehabilitation was unsuccessful. The date of the surgery has not been set.

Gay is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

The Grizzlies play at Boston tonight.

…This hurts Grizzlies fans that one of their best playmaker and scorers cannot comeback from this injury and help them in the playoff chase and maybe even the first round of the playoffs. He has been a leader on this team for many years especially signing the big extension this past summer. His replacements of Tony Allen, Sam Young, and Darrell Arthur have been playing excellent as of late and are thriving in his absence. In March Tony Allen is averaging 13 points a game as long as shooting 53% from the floor. I really think this younger bunch will  bring tons of defensive intensity with Shane Battier the defensive specialist and it will take them into the playoffs. His leadership will be missed but I think this young and talented Grizzlies team has found out a way to win without him and have been his number one supporters.

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