Memphis Grizzlies suffered two hard ‘sticks’ tonight in Miami: lost a match to the Heat (91-86) when four minutes earned it by seven (77-84) and Marc Gasol retired injured with a sprained ankle after an action with Chris Bosh.
Initially, it was expected that the Spanish player could return to the Court but after performing a compressive bandage and noted that the pain still persisted, the pivot did not return. In the next few hours more shall be tested him to assess the extent of his injury.
Its low can be a jug of cold water for the Grizzlies. The pivot is fundamental in the good time that crosses the whole of Memphis. During his injury, the franchise had a balance of 10-13, while after his return on January 14, the record is 23-8, the best in the NBA.
In merely sport, visitors left to go back an encounter that dominated almost from the beginning. The inner game of Zach Randolph (25 points and 14 rebounds) and Marc Gasol (14 points and six rebounds before his injury) was a very large slab for some Heat too much suffering against teams with power in the area. Only know-how of Ray Allen (18 points) and the wisdom from Chalmers (14 points) triple, with three fundamental, they allowed the local comeback.
The two had to do the work that you did not, until the last quarter, LeBron James. The four-time MVP of the season, managed seven of their 15 points (third worst mark of the season) in that period, including a basket of great importance when the Memphis Grizzlies remained alive in the final minutes of the match.
With this victory, the Heat (47-20) maintain the pursuit of first place in the Eastern Conference held by the Pacers, although they should be more regularly (is only their fourth victory in the past 10 games) in order to achieve it. Meanwhile, Memphis (40-28) are eighth in the West, the last berth which gives access to the playoffs, and Phoenix Suns, ninth, with tightening force.