Mike Conley was forced to sit out for the past few games of the playoffs including a big loss that the Grizzlies suffered to the Warriors on Sunday afternoon. However, he his hoping to return to the court for game 2.
Conley has been one of the best guards in the league for a number of years, leading the Grizzlies to the number 3 seed in a tightly contested Western Conference that had some crucial games going into the final couple of days of the regular season.
He suffered several facial fractures during the series against the Portland Trailblazers, which they went on to win, but he was forced to sit out the last 2 games of the series. He has surgery and seems to be ready to play and replace Tony Allen as the starting point guard.
Conley originally sustained the injury on a collision with C.J. McCollum during Game 3 of his team’s first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. He had a procedure to repair it last Monday, and the Grizzlies haven’t disclosed a timetable for his return, but the star point guard seems optimistic.
Mike Conley sounded hopeful about being able to play in game 2 when saying “I believe I will. But I believed that for the last week. So I’m really hopeful. They tell me I can play once I’m ready, and I feel like I’m ready to go. It’s just on me.”
Of course, he might not want to come back too soon since he will be guarding the newly crowned MVP of the league, Stephen Curry. The Grizzlies lost 101-86 in game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals and the Warriors are one of the favorites to win it all this year.
Mike Conley is out today vs Warriors, but Grizzlies expect him to play in the series as soon as possible. (via @ESPNSteinLine)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 3, 2015
Mike Conley is currently listed as questionable for the game and if he is able to play, it would certainly be a big boost for the Grizzlies. Winning game 2 on the home court of the Warriors and tying up the series before heading back to Memphis would be huge for the team.