Grizzlies’ Mike Conley has surgery to repair face, likely 48 hours before timetable


Mike Conley went under the knife Monday morning, having surgery to repair multiple broken bones in his face suffered by an inadvertent elbow from C.J. McCollum in Game 3 of the Grizzlies’ first-round series against Portland.

Obviously Conley will be out for Game 4 Monday night, but how much longer could he be out? That’s up in the air, reports Adrian Wojnaroski on Yahoo Sports.

After surgery to repair a facial fracture on guard Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies need to wait 48 hours for the swelling to subside before gaining a clearer understanding of a timeline for a possible playoff return, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

There are scenarios in which Conley could return in a possible Western Conference semifinals series against the Golden State Warriors, league sources said, but that’s uncertain until the healing process begins, the pain lessens and Conley can be fitted for a mask.

Up 3-0 on Portland (a team they have been beaten handily for a couple seasons now), it’s hard to imagine Memphis not advancing with or without their starting point guard. It may take more than four games, but they will advance.

But if the Grizzlies are going to give Golden State trouble, they will need Conley and his defense on the Warriors backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. That series is a potential fascinating matchup of styles — the Warriors like to play small and fast, the Grizzlies big and slow — but if Conley can’t go it would be a huge setback for Memphis.