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.
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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.”
Eric Walden: Mike Conley is AVAILABLE tonight
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.”
Eric Walden: Mike Conley, on the rehab process: “Obviously, it’s been a little bit draining because you want to be a part of success. … For the most part, the last couple weeks I’ve felt fine. It’s hard to tell somebody not to do something when you feel like you can run through a wall.” pic.twitter.com/7PNNnLh8cZ
Andy Larsen: Mike Conley is PROBABLE to play tomorrow for the Jazz vs. Sacramento.
Shams Charania: Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. is expected to miss multiple games with his reaggravated left hamstring and could miss multiple weeks, league sources tell me and @Tony Jones.
Andy Larsen: Mike Conley is working out in today’s practice, has been made available to media afterwards. A good sign for his return Tuesday.
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.
Michael Wallace: Bickerstaff confirms Conley and Noah are out for tonight’s game against the Blazers. pic.twitter.com/uAB17hVElE
Chris Herrington: Mike Conley is a go tonight.
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.
Chris Herrington: Mike Conley is a game time decision for the Grizzlies, per J.B. Bickerstaff.
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.
David Cobb: Mike Conley (knee soreness) and Kyle Anderson (shoulder soreness) are both out tonight for the Grizzlies, as is Omri Casspi. Garrett Temple is not expected to play, either.
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
Danny Marang: Conley and Noah are currently listed as day-to-day, should get word here pretty soon on whether or not they’ll be able to go. Conley had the hamstring act up on him last time Portland met Memphis.
David Cobb: Today’s shootaround was just “a little different” for Mike Conley with his tweaked hamstring, according to J.B. Bickerstaff. Says he’s still being worked on. Questionable for tip vs. Golden State.
Monte Poole: Mike Conley (hamstring) will be a game-time decision, per Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff. Trainers pregame task is to prep Conley.
Omari Sanfoka II: Mike Conley’s finger is still sore, but the swelling went down some, per JB Bickerstaff
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.”
Eli Savoie: Mike Conley tells us on the show he’s been playing 5 on 5 and going through workouts with the other guys without skipping anything. Been part of every drill to get ready for the season.
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.”
Michael Wallace: A side note from today’s draft workout availability, Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace said Parsons (knee rehab/treatment) and Conley (Achilles surgery rehab) both “progressing well in vigorous rehab programs. So far, so good.” Conley and Parsons on schedule for full go training camp.
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.”
Mike Conley: By any means necessary… #GNG #heeling
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.
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: Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff on Mike Conley missing the rest of the season due to heel surgery: “You look at all that Mike has done for his team, and teammates and this organization. Now, it’s our turn to support Mike… We need to be there for him in this moment.”
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: Grizz GM Chris Wallace to MVP season-ticket holders on Conley: “Mike has been extremely diligent as we pursued multiple different approaches to alleviate the pain before deciding surgery was the best solution.”
Michael Wallace: As the Feb. 8 trade deadline looms, Wallace also added the Grizzlies “will remain aggressive in evaluating opportunities to improve our team, whether that’s through player development, the NBA draft, free agency or trades.”
Michael Wallace: Conley last played on Nov. 13 and has been limited to just 12 games this season. He has tried various treatment options on the heel, and recently got as far as working out in 3-on-3 scrimmage sessions earlier this month. But pain/soreness persisted.
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.
The enjoyment’s gone? Mike Conley: It’s completely gone. I can’t even watch the other games, the big Christmas games, stuff I used to do all the time, ‘cause I’m just so locked into our team and things like that. But if I’m not out there I’m just completely unhappy about everything else.
TJ McBride: Bickerstaff said that Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons are both back on the court getting closer to returning. Neither are in Denver.
Ronald Tillery: Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (Achilles/heel) and forward Chandler Parsons (right knee soreness) are OUT tomorrow vs Denver Nuggets
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.
Michael Wallace: Mike Conley meets with media before tonight’s game and says he’s not sure of a definitive time frame for his return. Says he does intend to come back from Achilles heel injury this season. Conley hasn’t played since Nov. 13.
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.
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The Sun-Times, as well as several other media outlets, reported at the start of the 2020-21 campaign that it was important for LaVine to be given max money moving forward. However, there are several sources who said that might not be the case any longer, as adding key role players around him could persuade LaVine to give the Bulls a slight discount.
The league continues to monitor every potential impact coronavirus could have on its players. Discussions are near constant and have included the possibility of delaying playoff games in the instance of positive tests, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Those conversations have not gone so far to set a tipping point. Teams with fewer vaccinated players are naturally at greater risk of seeing cases spread among teammates.
This is old hat by now for the presumptive MVP. According to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Reports, Jokic has been on the wrong end of a bad call a league-leading 14 times this season. Twice as many as the second-most player.
That said, Jokic has been getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop for a lot longer than just this season. According to @atlhawksfanatic database of Last Two Minute Reports, Jokic has been on the wrong end of more bad calls than anyone else since 2015, which is as far back as the data goes. The chart below shows the players who have been disadvantaged the most from bad calls since the NBA started publicizing the Last Two Minute Reports.
He’s shooting three fewer attempts per game this season and three fewer 3-point attempts. “He has some guys out on the floor with him this year that we feel can help,” McMillan said. “He doesn’t have to put so much pressure on himself to be that scorer. He has weapons out on the floor with him and what he has to do is not put that pressure on himself to win the game himself. He has some guys who can help him do that.”