Mike Conley Injury: Grizzlies Guard Exits Game with Scary Ankle Injury

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 13:  Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies battles for position as Mike Conley #11 drives past Russell Westbrook #0 and Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on May 13, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2011

It didn’t take long for the first significant injury to hit the 2011-2012 NBA season.

The Memphis Grizzles welcomed the Oklahoma Thunder to town on Wednesday night in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Semifinal. Almost immediately after the game started, Mike Conley landed very awkwardly on the foot of Kendrick Perkins and fell to the floor in a heap.

Marcus Hunter of Fox 13 in Memphis has more information on the injury:

You can tell by his tone that the injury may be a serious one, which would be a devastating blow to Memphis. Conley has blossomed into an outstanding point guard for the Grizz in his fourth year in the league.

They can ill-afford to be missing Conley for more than a few games in this fast-paced and incredibly compacted NBA schedule. Losing Conley for even four weeks would be a crushing blow.

With the injury the Grizzles were forced to use Jeremy Pargo and Josh Selby at the point. The results have been a stagnant offense that is featuring far too much one-on-one basketball. Memphis needs Conley to keep the offense flowing and these natural two-guards aren’t the answer.

Trading Grevis Vasquez right before the season is not looking good right about now.

For his career Conley has averaged 11.7 points, 5.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds in four seasons. He has missed a grand total of three games in the past three seasons. 

We'll know more about the severity of Conley's injury tomorrow morning. Until then...keep your fingers crossed, Grizzles fans. 

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