The Utah Jazz eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies in five games in the first round of the playoffs, but they didn’t escape that series unscathed. On Thursday, the Jazz announced that starting point guard Mike Conley suffered a mild right hamstring strain against the Grizzlies. He will be reevaluated prior to the start of the Western Conference semifinals.
Aside from the injury, Conley had a very solid series against the Grizzlies. In 30 minutes of action per performance, he averaged 17.4 points. 8.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the floor and a scorching 54 percent from long range. Obviously, the Jazz would like to have him available for the entirety of the second round, where they will face the victor of the series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks.
This specific injury is a concern for the Jazz, as Conley missed 21 games during the regular season with right hamstring tightness. However, he’s maintaining an optimistic outlook heading into the second round.
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“My mindset is, I’m going to be ready to play,” Conley said, via the Salt Lake Tribune. “That’s kind of the visual I put in front of myself: ‘I’m going to be ready.’ But at the same time, we’re going to see what happens in the next few days and be smart about how we approach it going into this next series.”
Conley is a huge part of what the Jazz do on both ends of the floor. He’s a solid team defender on one end, and on offense he’s an initiator and a floor-spacer. If he’s unable to go early in the semifinals, the Jazz will likely give the starting spot to Joe Ingles, as they did during the regular season. But, their hope is obviously that Conley will be good to go.