Grizzlies’ Quincy Pondexter out with fractured foot, could miss rest of season
With Marc Gasol already out indefinitely and Tony Allen hobbled too, the Grizzlies will have to push forward without yet another pivotal piece after announcing swingman Quincy Pondexter is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Multiple media reports indicate Pondexter is expected to miss the rest of the season, which would serve as a big blow to the Grizzlies’ already struggling offense (No. 21 in points per possession). Pondexter confirmed his injury via Twitter:
Sad to tweet but the news is true. Still can't believe it myself. But I GUARANTEE l will be back next season BETTER THAN EVER!! Joshua 1:9—
Quincy Pondexter (@QuincyPondexter) December 09, 2013
Pondexter is averaging just 6.3 points and 18 minutes in 15 games, but the fourth-year wing represents one of Memphis’ best offensive options off the bench and one of its only three-point threats.
The Grizzlies learned of Pondexter’s status after an MRI revealed a tarsal navicular stress fracture in the his right foot. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Pondexter sustained the injury in a game against the Warriors on Saturday.
Memphis rewarded Pondexter with a four-year, $14 million deal in October after he shot 39.5 percent from three-point range in the regular season and averaged 8.9 points and hit 45.3 percent deep in 15 playoff games.
With Pondexter sidelined for a while, the Grizzlies will have to lean even heavier on their remaining options at shooting guard and small forward. Allen, who has missed the last two games with a hip injury, is averaging 10.4 points and shooting a career-high 53.1 percent. Tayshaun Prince is providing only 6.7 points (on 40.7 percent shooting) as a starter, and Jerryd Bayless (30.8 percent) and Nick Calathes (34.3 percent) haven’t been able to buy a bucket. Mike Miller is connecting on 45.2 percent from three-point range.
(H/T Yahoo! Sports)