Mike Conley Injury: Grizzlies Have Depth to Allow PG's Ankle to Heal

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 13:  Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies against 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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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 29, 2011

Mike Conley went down with an ankle sprain early in the Grizzlies' 98-95 loss to the Thunder. The Grizzlies showed they have the depth to allow Conley to take his time returning from the injury.

Rookies Jeremy Pargo and Josh Selby filled in nicely for Conley, they combined to hold Russell Westbrook to 0-of-13 shooting from the field, and Pargo had 15 points and seven assists.

According to the Commercial Appeal, Conley will miss at least the next two games. The Grizzlies should be OK, even considering the last one is against the Chicago Bulls and reigning MVP, Derrick Rose.

They have shown depth throughout their roster, in defeat, they showed that the reserve guards are solid. The issues for the Grizzlies in the opener was turnovers, 24 to be exact, against the Spurs.

They only turned it over 12 times with the rookies in charge of the ball against the Thunder. The offense has to get acclimated to Rudy Gay. Much of their identity was established last year, after Gay missed much of the second half of the season, and the playoffs with a shoulder injury.

Pargo and Selby are gaining valuable experience playing with the first unit. This will be key down the stretch, as well as in the postseason, which the Grizzlies fully expect to return to.

Though they have begun 0-2, they have had a tough draw in their first two games with San Antonio and Oklahoma City. They host Memphis next, before traveling to Chicago to take on the Bulls.

These next two games are crucial, as the Grizzlies don't want to start the season 0-4, or 1-3, though, realistically, that may be the best they can accomplish. The Bulls are awfully tough at home, so that makes Friday night's game against the Rockets very important.

Pargo and Selby should be up to the challenge.

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