Thursday, October 18, 2007

Gasol Injured with Ankle Sprain

Gasol sprained his ankle in last Tuesday's loss to Indiana and will miss at least two more pre-season games. What does this mean?

Realistically, it means Iavaroni gets to experiment with other players in Gasol's position. There are quite a few power forward / centers on the Grizzlies that deserve some playing time. Some of them will have to sit, when the season kicks off, and it will be interesting to see which those are.

My rotation is Gasol, Mililcic, Warrick, Swift, Cardinal, Brown, in that order.

Also, Gasol's injury brings back bitter memories of last year's broken foot. Hopefully, by giving Gasol extra rest, he won't be prone to more long term injuries.

Finally, what strikes me as most interesting about these preseason games is how much I care. I don't like to see the Grizzlies lose even when when the objective is not winning but preparing for the season. Maybe I'm insecure because I'm loyal to a small market team. Maybe I'm grasping at any bit of hope after painfully enduring last season, where the Grizzlies were the worst team in the league and had the worst record in Memphis history. Perhaps there are too many unknowns for me to understand how good the Grizzlies are, so I'm frustrated by the anticipation.

Whatever the motive, I still get pissed when I see the Grizzlies down by 20 to a Pacers team that, on paper, looks inferior. I want to Grizzlies to enter the season with momentum, and send a message to the league that they won't be repeating last year's performance.

Unfortunately, reason dictates that Iavaroni remain cautious with Gasol and prioritize teaching and evaluating over dominating opponents. I guess I will have to wait for two weeks to find out how the Grizzlies truly stack up against the rest of the league...

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curt said...

David, I'm back and I agree with crescenet. And Lowry was the man tonight. How about that triple double?

John said...

Not only a triple double, but the winning tip in and owning stevie franchise. Also it is nice to see that when Miller invariably has one of his playoff performance nights we now have two other options from behind the arc. Also David your preseason enthusiasm is infected me and I can see myself breaking down and getting league pass this year while also scouting the hornets in person. Also I have aquired the habit of reading comments after newspaper articles online and enjoyed this gem from the lowry article in the commercial appeal today:

"Seems as though the Griz should have banked on Kyle Lowry and instead drafted Joakim Noah"

Amen brother, amen.

David Jones said...

Sorry I've been slacking. We've had some good games.

Interesting that Damon will be starting.

But I'm most excited about Rudy Gay, who may actually live up to the hype!

Curt said...

SI picked us to finish 11 in the west. Which makes sense, but they have us behind LA Lakers, and Clippers and have Hornets finishing 8th. I think surely we are better than those three teams. They have Golden State finishing 7th. I think we are at least that good.
In other news, i get awesome seats for the home opener. On the downside, I have to go with Ursula the Sea witch to get them. Worth it?

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