NBA rumors: Mike Conley questionable for Game 4

Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG Mike Conley Jr. (mild right hamstring strain) is listed as questionable again for Game 4 vs. Clippers. He has been ruled out the morning of the previous three games in the series.

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Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley Jr. will miss his third consecutive game due to a right hamstring strain, the team announced Saturday. Conley suffered the injury during the first half of Utah's series-ending win over the Memphis Grizzlies on June 2 and has yet to play in the Western Conference semifinals against the LA Clippers. The Jazz have a 2-0 series lead entering Saturday night's Game 3 at Staples Center.
Andy Larsen: Mike Conley is listed as questionable for Game 3. (Donovan Mitchell isn’t on the report at all, for those concerned.)
Eric Walden: Mike Conley: "End of 1Q, I felt a little tug in my hammy, came to the bench, made the staff aware, told them I'd try to play through it. It just kept getting sorer. … Seeing how the game was going, and that we might have some days off coming up, pulled the plug tonight."
Eric Walden: Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley remain OUT Friday vs. the Nuggets. Juwan Morgan is also OUT (right heel soreness). But Udoka Azubuike is PROBABLE after missing most of the season with a right ankle sprain.
Mike Conley subbed out of the game during a timeout at the 6:58 mark of the third and later headed to the locker room. The Jazz announced during the fourth quarter that Conley would not return because of tightness in his right hamstring. There was no immediate update after the game as to the severity of Conley’s hamstring issue or his availability for Sunday’s game on the road against the Indiana Pacers. “We’ll have to wait to get an assessment on where he is from our health and performance staff,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said.
Last season during Conley’s absence, the Jazz went on a 10-game win streak, and Conley has admitted time and time again that he struggled through most of the 2019-20 campaign. This season however, Conley has been playing some of the best basketball of his career and has been a difference-maker for the Jazz. “Mike just has a way of being out there and kind of calming stuff,” Donovan Mitchell said of his teammate after the game on Friday. “We definitely missed that presence on the offensive end, the offensive mind that he has. That was definitely one thing we definitely missed coming down the stretch, just to kind of settle this down in certain instances.”
Stadium: Just in: Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. will return from monthlong absence Saturday vs. Kings, NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports. "I'm told the plan is for Conley to come off the bench in his return and have a minutes restriction."
Andy Larsen: Mike Conley is PROBABLE to play tomorrow for the Jazz vs. Sacramento.
David Cobb: No Mike Conley for Memphis tonight. No Joakim Noah. JB Bickerstaff unsure if Conley will play in the final two.
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff said after today's shootaround that Mike Conley (ankle) and Joakim Noah (knee) are out for tonight's game against the Mavs.
Clay Bailey: Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will not reclaim his title as the franchise's leading scorer against OKC. Conley sitting out tonight with left thigh soreness.
Michael Wallace: Bickerstaff confirms Conley sitting out tonight, with Tyler Dorsey starting at PG
John Denton: In addition to Mike Conley (doubtful), Avery Bradley (out), CJ Miles (out), Kyle Anderson (out) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (out) on @Memphis Grizzlies injury list for tonight’s game vs. @Orlando Magic, C Joakim Noah (right knee soreness) has been added. He is listed as questionable.
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff said Mike Conley is out tonight with an illness. Delon Wright could step in as starting PG.
Omari Sanfoka II: Mike Conley is questionable tonight with illness. If he doesn't play, it'll open up more time for Delon Wright, who the Grizzlies are high on after trading for him last week
David Cobb: Looks like the Grizzlies will have Jaren Jackson Jr. back in the lineup at New York tomorrow. He’s listed as probable. Mike Conley is still listed as questionable.
Michael Wallace: There's chatter about reasons for Conley sitting tonight vs Hornets amid trade speculation. Conley's legitimately dealing with soreness from what I see and hear directly from him. Nothing major, but needed a night off. On another note, hearing nothing's imminent on Conley trade.
Omari Sanfoka II: Dillon Brooks, Mike Conley and JaMychal Green are officially good to go tonight against the Lakers. No Omri Casspi or Joakim Noah
Omari Sanfoka II: JaMychal Green joins Omri Casspi and Joakim Noah as "questionable" for tomorrow's game against the Kings. Sore hamstring. Mike Conley and Kyle Anderson, who both played last night, are probable
Monte Poole: Mike Conley (hamstring) will be a game-time decision, per Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff. Trainers pregame task is to prep Conley.
David Cobb: J.B. Bickerstaff says Mike Conley’s finger is “a little sore, a little stiff,” but nothing that will keep him off the court tonight. “Tough situations, Mike shows up to play. We don’t expect anything less tonight.”
The players played alongside rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., about whom Anderson raved, “It’s funny; he can’t even control his body. He’s so big and athletic he’s blocking shots with his elbows!” Anderson also said Conley and Chandler Parsons looked “game-ready.”
Will Mike Conley be healthy for training camp? JB Bickerstaff: "There's no doubt about it. Mike's been playing pick up, those types of things. Chandler’s been playing pick up … For the first time in a long time, we’re looking at walking into training camp with healthy bodies and healthy, high caliber players. Not just guys who would be your 13th or 14th man. We’ve got our studs healthy, which we’re looking forward to."
Mike Conley expects the Memphis Grizzlies to clear him for full-contact drills at some point this month, ending a frustrating ordeal with his left Achilles that cost him a year of his prime and the coach who helped him become a more complete offensive player. Family time was fun and the daddy-day-care responsibilities helped him overcome the agonizing waiting game of the past nine months, but it also made Conley more appreciative of the game he otherwise would’ve taken for granted. “It’s like I lost my wallet, got it back and now I can do something with it,” Conley told Yahoo Sports at the USA Basketball minicamp last month.
“We’re doing the right things. Taking things slow. And giving me time to really be ready to go for training camp. Mentally, I’m there. I’m ready. Physically, I feel good. It’s just my body has to catch up,” Conley told Yahoo Sports. “Being a dad, being low-key out of the way, it gave me a perspective like, ‘Hey. This is great, I get to spend time with my kids, even though this is a down part of my career.’ But also at the same time, I’ve got a new re-tooled drive. … Knowing that I took care of the issue, we got the issue figured out, hopefully, going forward, I won’t have any flare-ups. I can just play basketball like I’m used to playing and I’ve got a free year, another year, added to my career, so I’m excited.”
Memphis Grizzlies star Mike Conley wasn't able to fully participate in Team USA training camp this week as he continues to recover from heel surgery last January. But he says he's feeling good and still on course to be ready by training camp in September.
"I'm doing really well. I wish I could've participated in contact stuff," Conley said. "I think I could, but we're being cautious and allowing me to get a full summer of rehab. I should be ready to go by training camp -- I expect to be ready."
"With anything dealing with Achilles, it takes time and you got to be patient to deal with it," Conley said. "Right now, it's all starting to come together. I'm so used to making a move and I expect pain. I got used to pain with some of the moves. Now I make the moves and there's nothing there, so that's exciting."
Ronald Tillery: Mike Conley talking about recovery from heel surgery on Grizzlies broadcast: "I've been out of the boot for about 2 1/2 weeks. We're being cautious but I'm anxious to get out there."

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Grizzlies guard Mike Conley shared a hilarious video of himself post-surgery on Wednesday. Conley had to have a heel surgery that ended his season. Afterwards, he was singing Carry On My Wayward Son for some reason. He doesn’t even know why.

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Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley simply wants to be pain free for a change. That just wasn’t going to be possible unless he agreed to season-ending surgery to repair his left heel. “I’ve had this for three years. All the way back three years ago one of the doctors said eventually you’ll need to have this heel shaved down,” Conley said Tuesday. “I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to exhaust every option before going to that extent.”
Conley will soon undergo a procedure that smooths a small bone protrusion in his left heel. The team insists that Conley will be healthy before the Grizzlies open training camp in the fall. Conley said he’ll be ready for basketball activities around late May or early June. “That was the point of emphasis,” Conley said. “We wanted to try to get it done so I could have a normal summer.”
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.”
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.
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