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NBA post- Rose tears meniscus and Gasol out with MCL sprain

"Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls Star Will Require Surgery After Tearing Meniscus"
The nightmare of Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls and NBA fans everywhere has been confirmed: The star point guard has a torn medial meniscus in his right knee that will need surgery, and he has been ruled out indefinitely.

The team's official website confirmed the news:

Bulls guard Derrick Rose sustained an injury to his right knee against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Subsequent examinations and an MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery. Rose is out indefinitely.

The silver lining here is that the injury isn't to Rose's ACL, which is what was originally feared after he suffered the non-contact injury in Portland. Nevertheless, while things certainly could have gone much worse, this is still devastating for the 25-year-old point guard.

Rose, of course, missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his left knee. The former MVP was off to a bit of a rusty start after working so hard to get back, averaging just 15.9 points per game on 35.4-percent shooting, but it was good for the league just to have him on the court again.

Another explosive point guard, Russell Westbrook, suffered a slight tear in his meniscus during the playoffs last year. It took him more than six months to return to game action, although it's worth noting he had two surgeries.

Kirk Hinrich will be leaned upon to orchestrate the offense with Rose sidelined indefinitely.

"Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol out indefinitely with MCL sprain in left knee"

All-Star center Marc Gasol will be sidelined indefinitely after an MRI revealed an MCL sprain in his left knee, the Grizzlies announced Saturday. The injury will not require surgery.

Gasol suffered the non-contact injury during Memphis’ 102-86 home loss to San Antonio on Friday night.

USA Today Sports and CBSSports.com first reported Gasol’s diagnosis, noting that it was a Grade 2 sprain.

With San Antonio leading 28-23 early in the second quarter, Gasol set up to play low-post defense against Jeff Ayres. Although the two players jostled, Gasol did not sustain a blow to his left knee, but he did come up limping and clutching his leg after he appeared to tweak it as he moved forward into defensive position.

The Grizzlies announced during the game that Gasol had suffered a left knee sprain. The Spaniard departed with two points (on 1-for-3 shooting), two rebounds and three assists in 10 minutes.

While it’s unclear exactly how long Gasol will be sidelined, this is likely a matter of weeks rather than days. For comparison’s sake, then-Hornets forward Carl Landry suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in February 2012 and was sidelined for more than a month. Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter suffered the same injury in December 2012 and was out for a little more than a month. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins suffered an MCL sprain in February 2011 and was sidelined for roughly three weeks.

First-year Memphis coach Dave Joerger has no means of truly replacing Gasol, who is regarded as one of the best two-way big men in the NBA. Reserve center Kosta Koufos, who was acquired from the Nuggets in an offseason trade, will move into the starting lineup, and reserve forward Ed Davis should see his role increase.

Gasol, 28, was the Defensive Player of the Year last season, when he also made the All-NBA second team and All-Defensive second team. He is averaging 16 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 block per game this season.

Memphis (7-6) will play host to Houston on Monday.

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