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Gay done for season

The Grizzlies learned Monday following an MRI that Forward Rudy Gay would be out until next season and that his injury would require surgery.  The Grizzlies learned Monday following an MRI that Forward Rudy Gay would be out until next season and that his injury would require surgery.  

Newly-acquired Grizz point guard Jason Williams, who was on the old Grizz team that went to the playoffs, has been out with an injured back.

And rookie Xavier Henry has missed most of the season due to a knee injury that will also require surgery.

But these injuries have not stopped the team from working hard to secure a spot in the playoffs.  Currently the Grizzlies hold the Western Conference spot of eighth seed, with the Houston Rockets trailing by two games.

Gay partially dislocated his left shoulder on Feb. 15 when the Grizzlies faced the Philadelphia 76ers.  It was originally noted that Gay would be out for five weeks. Well the five weeks has turned into four to six months, with his successful healing being atop the list of priorities for the organization.  

The 6-8, 240-pound forward has missed the last 14 games, including Monday’s 103-85 victory over Utah, since suffering the injury.

After several evaluations, including that of the team physician Dr. Fred Azar, other physicians with the Campbell clinic and an expert from Birmingham, Ala., it was recommended that Gay undergo season-ending surgery to repair the left shoulder subluxation.

Surgery has always been up in the air if non-operative rehabilitation was unsuccessful.

Gay averaged 19.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in his fifth NBA season. The 24-year-old holds career averages of 17.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists on .457 shooting in 36.0 minutes in 372 games, all with the Grizzlies.

The date of the surgery has not been scheduled but Gay is expected to return for the start of the 2011-12 season.

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