Mike Conley Injury: Updates on Grizzlies Star's Achilles and Return

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Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has been out of the lineup since Jan. 4 with an Achilles injury. However, he is ready to return.

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Conley Active vs. Pelicans

Monday, Jan. 18

Rob Fischer of Fox Sports Southeast reported Conley will be in the starting lineup against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Conley Crucial to Grizzlies On Both Ends of Court

Conley averaged 15.8 points, 5.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game last season for the Grizzlies, but his impact went beyond the stat sheet. He was the stabilizing force and facilitator in the offense that relied on feeding the low post with Zach Randolph and the high post with Marc Gasol. Conley also hounded the opposing team’s point guard as a suffocating defender on a nightly basis.

Health is a concern with Conley, though, since he missed time in the 2015 postseason with a facial fracture. Thus far, he has remained healthy in 36 games this season and is averaging 15.1 points and 5.8 assists a night.

If he is limited in his return or injures himself again, Mario Chalmers will likely be asked to carry the slack in the backcourt. Chalmers was a critical component of multiple champion teams with the Miami Heat and provides a veteran presence even without Conley on the floor.