Every NBA team has to deal with injuries; it is just a part of professional sports. The healthiest team are the ones that are able to make deep playoff runs, but each year there are a handful of teams that catch the injury bug. This is where it seems like every member on the team has an injury or two and a few members of the team have injuries that end their seasons. The 2013-14 Memphis Grizzlies have a terrible injury bug circulating their locker room and it is getting worse by the day. This bug all started when Marc Gasol went down with a knee sprain back on Nov. 23 and was scheduled to be out at least four weeks, since that day four other Grizzlies have missed time due to injury. Zach Randolph missed two games with a toe problem, then Ed Davis went down with an ankle injury and is going to miss his second straight game Monday night. The day after Davis was injured, Tony Allen hurt his hip diving for a loose ball and Allen has missed two straight. However, the worst news of all came down Monday when Quincy Pondexter announced he would be out of the whole season with a stress fracture in his foot. Pondexter was having an up-and-down year after signing a four-year extension on Oct. 31, but he was still considered a big piece to help the Grizzlies make a playoff push.
For now the Grizzlies are looking to sign a guard to help in the short term, but the real question remains how long it will take Gasol to come back from his injury. If he can be back soon and help right the ship towards the playoffs, there is no need to explore other options. However, if Gasol takes longer to get back on the floor the Grizzlies have to consider making a trade, either to help him games or plan for the following year. Again only time will tell for Mach Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies.