MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - ?
The Memphis Grizzlies updated its injury list to include Quincy Pondexter and Jarnell Stokes, both suffering from the same stomach virus that knocked out five Grizzlies players from Wednesday's 96-92 loss to the Raptors.
That brings up the total of players with a stomach virus to seven. That's nearly half the team.
While Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley have managed to stay healthy (although Conley is still less than 100 percent with both a strained shoulder and ankle), the Grizzlies are missing two starters, and now four key bench players. Jarnell Stokes, who played nine minutes Wednesday, resting Zach Randolph, woke up Thursday morning with a stomach virus. The Grizzlies are left with only three bigs, four if you count playing Tayshaun Prince at power forward.
To show you exactly how much of the team is affected (infected?), here is a depth chart, with questionable players in italics:
Backup point guard Nick Calathes will miss Friday's game against Boston as he serves the final game of his 20-game suspension for a positive Tamoxifen test. Hassan Whiteside and Kalin Lucas were called up Wednesday night from the Iowa Energy to fill in. Lucas played six minutes, Whiteside didn't play.