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Grizzlies' Gay out with sprained ankle

12/29/2009 - NBA Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies + more

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay was inactive for Monday night's game against the Washington Wizards because of a sprained left ankle, leaving Memphis without its leading scorer.

Gay first injured the ankle Dec. 16 in the Grizzlies' 110-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. He left the game but played in the four games since, averaging almost 19 points over that span.

He reaggravated the injury Saturday in a loss at Dallas.

Gay, who averages 20.6 points and 6.1 rebounds, had started all but one game this season: Nov. 30 at Utah. He was out for personal reasons.

DeMarre Carroll, a rookie out of Missouri, started his first NBA game in place of Gay. Carroll averages 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 27 games.