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Memphis’ Rudy Gay out month with shoulder injury

Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay

Memphis Grizzlies players Marc Gasol, from left, Mike Conley (11) and Zach Randolph stand over teammate Rudy Gay, who suffered a left shoulder subluxation while playing against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. The Grizzlies won 102-91. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)


Rudy Gay, the best perimeter player and key cog of the suddenly hot Memphis Grizzlies, will be out for at least a month due to a left shoulder subluxation discovered by an MRI on Wednesday.

That sound you hear is the Memphis Grizzlies hot streak and playoff chances careening off the rails. Right now the Grizzlies are half-a-game out of the final playoff spot in the West but were 8-2 in their last 10.

A subluxation is where a joint that is starting to dislocate, kind of a partial dislocation. It can still be quite painful and cause damage to the tendons and ligaments in the area. Gay will receive treatment for a week and be re-evaluated in a month, the team said.

Gay suffered his on his left shoulder midway through the Grizzlies victory over the Sixers Tuesday night. He left the game (after trying to shoot his free throws one handed) and did not return.

Gay is averaging 19.8 points per game and is part of the outside, slashing balance for the Grizzlies to Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol inside. He also is shooting 39.6 percent from three this season. In the last 10 games he has averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds a game (but has shot just 25 percent from three).