Monday’s matchup vs. the Memphis Grizzlies featured San Antonio Spurs big man Pau Gasol hurt his shoulder.
The San Antonio Spurs and injuries became linked before the 2017-18 season started, when Kawhi Leonard‘s quadriceps ailment was first announced. Since then, nearly every player on the roster missed time with an injury, with Leonard still out and LaMarcus Aldridge, who returned Monday after a sprained ankle.
“He hurt his shoulder, and he told me it was bad,” Parker said. “We will see, but I’m pretty sure he’s not going to play against Golden State.”
While it’s a potential concern, let’s see what the team officially says about Gasol’s injury, before there’s an answer on its severity and a timetable for return.
However, this late in the season, any injury can impact a team’s playoff hopes, let alone one that must fight for their postseason seed, for the rest of the season. The Grizzlies win brought San Antonio to 37-27 and No. 5 in the West, but still just 1.5 games away from the No. 8 seed and two from the No. 9 seed. The Spurs will need as many healthy bodies possible to keep up in this tight playoff race, except it’s easier said than done for this squad.
Any games Gasol misses will potentially be made up by Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne who are next in line for minutes next to Aldridge. They took over when the six-time All-Star was out of the lineup.
Will Gasol be the latest Spur to miss time due to injury?