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Michael Wallace: Tyreke Evans, who returned to practice Sunday after a week-long illness, on moving forward without Mike Conley for the rest of the season: “He’s making the right decision, and I hope he comes back better than ever.”

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Ronald Tillery: Mike Conley Sr., who is dad and agent to namesake needing heel surgery b4 return to Griz: “It’s been a tough time for him. This will fix the heel 100 percent. He just wants to be able to train hard again this summer and be pain free. This decision is in everyone’s best interest.”
Michael Wallace: Conley has been around the team throughout the process, and interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said his presence has been an emotional boost, particularly for younger players. Conley has insisted that the heel/bone issues is not related to the Achilles issue he had two seasons ago.
How do you balance ‘I need to be out there’ with ‘I need to be healthy’? Mike Conley: It’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my career. It’s something I’ve been battling since day one of this season, trying to figure out the balance of push through this wall or just wait behind it, let everything just come together and let things settle down. But in the process of letting things play out, we didn’t do well as a team. For me personally, I might have been healing a little bit better, but I’m looking out there and I’m feeling, I need to be out there to help this team play and move forward.
Michael Wallace: Two key developments at Grizz practice. 1. Parsons spoke to media for first time since injury absence, confirmed no structural damage to R knee. Soreness/swelling are down. He's day-to-day, but won't play Fri at Den. 2. Conley did 3-on-3 scrimmaging w/teammates after practice.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is traveling with the team on its five-game west coast excursion, and he isn’t treating the trip like a vacation. Conley appears to have progressed strongly from rehab to treat a sore left Achilles and heel judging by his pregame and post-practice workouts. Conley went through a normal shooting routine, sprinting to spots on the floor and pulling up for mid-range and three-point shots.
Q: Are the occasional flare-ups something you have to accept going forward? Mike Conley: After this last incident, they (the doctors) told me the Achilles can heal fully. I just have to give it time to heal. As we know, I rush things a lot and when I come back I won’t say anything about it but I might be feeling it. I might withhold that from the trainers to try and get on the court. I’ve done that over the years. Right now, I’m trying to do the smart thing, which is frustrating. But I knew I wasn’t helping the team with the way I was playing.
How are you feeling now with the sore Achilles? Mike Conley: It’s tough. Anything that has to do with your heel takes a little bit longer to heal. So, I’m just taking it day by day. Hopefully, we’ll know something more in the next week or so. Q: How would you describe your condition when the Achilles flares up? Mike Conley: It’s almost impossible to walk when it’s really flared up. It’s hard to get on your toe to jump or do anything athletic, let alone doing the basic things – walking or trying to go up steps. It’s tough. It’s not something I’m used to having to deal with in the sense I play a certain way. I play hard. I play fast. I just hate that this happens.
Clay Bailey: Regarding Grizz G Mike Conley status, "Nothing new. He won't be back anytime soon, I don't see him (returning) see him in the next few games." __ Fizz
Peter Edmiston: Fizdale, on Mike Conley's injury: "He can't hide it. He's been giving us everything he's got, but he's doing it on one foot. We've got to figure something out to get him better and back to us as fast as possible."
Michael Wallace: Fizdale confirms in pregame that Mike Conley (Achilles) will sit out tonight against Indiana. Conley is getting day-to-day evaluations and maintenance on the foot. We'll see where it goes from here.
Michael Wallace: Fizdale on Conley: "We've got to give that (foot) thing some time to cool off." Fizdale also said JaMychal Green (ankle/foot) will get 15-20 minutes in his first game since season opener.
Before he gingerly walked out of the locker room after the Grizzlies’ first home loss of the season, Conley slowly gathered his thoughts and his belongings. He then tried to think back to a time when his normally deft shooting touch has disowned him quite like this. “If I had been in one, I don’t recall it,” the Grizzlies’ catalyst said of his current slump on offense. “I don’t even think about it. I always just move on to the next game. You know, it’s tough. But tough times don’t last. I’ll get through it. I know my teammates will help me through it and it will turn around.”
Conley is listed as questionable with Achilles soreness entering Wednesday's game, but was on the court with teammates at the end of the morning shootaround. “Once Mike is feeling better, we’re going to see a lot better basketball out of him,” Fizdale said. “Right now, he’s just fighting through nagging pain and stuff you can’t control. It’s always going to be his Achilles. It’s going to be sore. Sometimes it feels better than other times. It’s just getting back into the competition, doing it every day again and getting through that threshold of pain. Once he gets to a certain number of games, he gets his legs under him and feels better.”
Tim MacMahon: PG Mike Conley will play Friday against the Knicks after sitting out Wednesday's loss due to a laceration and swelling above his right eye.
Tim MacMahon: Grizzlies PG Mike Conley (eye) will not play against the Thunder, coach David Fizdale said. Tony Allen (eye) will play.
Clay Bailey: "We just want the swelling to go down. It really blew up overnight. He can’t even see out of the eye right now." -- Fizz on Conley being out
Michael Wallace: Fizdale said he doesn't plan to sit Conley the final 4 games. Said he needs to maintain rhythm. No concern now about any concussion issue.
Ronald Tillery: Forgive me @mconley11 for the closeup... This one is me just trying to be @PhotoNikki

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There is a chance that Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley returns tonight against Sacramento, source told ESPN. Was supposed to miss another month with a back injury.
Tim MacMahon: The Grizzlies are listing Mike Conley (back) and Chandler Parsons (knee) as doubtful for Friday's game against the Kings, an upgrade after their extended absences. Sources say Conley is much more likely to play than Parsons. Both have resumed full basketball activities.
Mike Conley was diagnosed today with transverse fractures in the vertebrae located in his lower back following last night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. The injury occurred with 8:25 to go in the third quarter when he was kneed in the back by a Charlotte player while taking a charge. The injury is expected to resolve itself with rest. Conley is expected to miss six weeks and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Jeff Goodman: Mike Conley out for 6-8 weeks, source told ESPN. twitter.com/espn_macmahon/…
Michael Wallace: Conley expected to miss 6 weeks with fractures in lower back. Will be reevaluated in a month. Conley suffered injury in Mon loss to Hornets.
Conley has completely recovered from a sore Achilles that kept him from playing since March, an MRI confirmed roughly two weeks ago. He remains one of the finalists to play for Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski on a 12-man roster that is expected to be revealed later this month. Team USA will convene in Las Vegas on July 17 to begin a training camp that spans nearly a week and culminates with a July 22 exhibition game against 2004 Olympic champion Argentina.
Barring a miraculous recovery by the time the postseason begins, Conley still walks with a limp, experiences soreness in the Achilles and requires a walking boot. The franchise and Conley, who will be a free agent this summer, are taking a cautious approach to his long-term future.
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