Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right foot after an MRI exam found the fracture earlier Tuesday.
The Grizzlies said in a statement that Gasol was examined by team physicians Tuesday morning. Memphis will update Gasol's status after the All-Star break.
Performing above expectations to occupy fifth place in the Western Conference, the loss of their biggest talent for what could be a significant length of time is a big blow for the Grizzlies.
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The statement from Memphis read:
"This morning at Campbell Clinic, Marc underwent a thorough evaluation by team physicians. During the course of this evaluation, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a fracture in his right foot.
“Marc is a cornerstone of our franchise, and we are focused on getting him healthy."
He left Monday night's overtime loss to Portland in the first quarter after scoring 11 points and did not return. Coach Dave Joerger said after the game that Gasol had a problem with each leg.
The 7-foot-1 Gasol is averaging 16.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in 52 games this season.
The Spaniard's run as the only Memphis player to start every game this season looks certain to come to an end now and, with fellow center Brandon Wright also injured, it puts the franchise in a precarious position entering All-Star weekend.
Gasol signed a five-year contract last July after earning a starting spot in the All-Star game last season and also became the first Grizzlies player voted to the All-NBA first team.