Grizzlies forward Gay inactive with ankle injury

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


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.