Mike Conley Injury: Updates on Grizzles PG's Hamstring and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2014

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Updates from Saturday, May 3

ESPN's Brian Windhorst has the official word on Mike Conley's status for tonight's crucial Game 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder:

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Not only did the Memphis Grizzlies drop Game 6 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, but they also lost one of their best players in the process.

Point guard Mike Conley injured his hamstring and was taken out in the fourth quarter, per Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal:

Tillery also added this regarding Conley's status for Game 7:

Conley had looked off all night, only shooting 2-of-10 for five points and dishing out six assists.

You can't overstate how much this injury could cost the Grizzlies.

With Conley hobbled and gone, Beno Udrih was forced to play 20 minutes in Game 6. He scored two points on just 1-of-8 shooting.

Conley is a catalyst for the Memphis offense and so integral in opening up looks for Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Taking him out of the lineup for Game 7 would be disastrous.

Game 6 looked to be a turning point in this series, both for Conley's injury and the Thunder's impressive performance. If Memphis is without him in Oklahoma City, it may be dead in the water.