Mike Conley Injury: Updates on Grizzlies Guard's Ankle and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2014

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Updates from Monday, Feb. 17

Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal has the latest on Mike Conley's status:

Updates From Saturday, Feb. 1

According to Ronald Tillery of GoGrizzlies.com, Mike Conley sustained a grade-two ankle sprain and will miss at least the next week of action:

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The Memphis Grizzlies are taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves, but there may be something more important than who wins the game at stake.

Memphis point guard Mike Conley Jr. got injured during the game, per Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

As Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press points out, Conley rolled his ankle on J.J. Barea’s foot:

To make matters worse, Conley was carried to the bench by his teammates, per Rob Fischer (the Grizzlies’ sideline reporter on FOX):

Ronald Tillery, the Grizzlies beat writer for the Commercial Appeal, provides us with an update on the former Ohio State Buckeye:

Conley’s Grizzlies were at 24-20 heading into the game with Minnesota—a half game behind the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 8 and final playoff seed in the Western Conference. Losing Conley for an extended period of time would be crippling for Memphis’ playoff chances, as the point guard has performed excellently all season.

Conley was posting nightly averages of 18.2 points, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals a game heading into the contest against Minnesota.