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.
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.
D’Angelo Russell says weather played ‘major part’ in picking Warriors over Timberwolves
“I thought the opportunity here was amazing … ” Russell said after Warriors shootaround Friday. “It was definitely something I was considering very strongly. But then when this opportunity came, the weather is way better, so that helped me.”
“I did my first winter in New York and that was tough,” Russell said. “So to get the opportunity to go somewhere where it’s warm again, I think that played a major part in my plan.”
I don’t blame him one bit.
Russell grew up in Kentucky then finished high school in Florida. He spent his first couple NBA seasons with the Lakers.
He also played collegiately at Ohio State and a a couple years for the Nets. In other words, he spent enough time in cold-weather locations to know how miserable they can be.
This is an issue that will always hinder teams like the Timberwolves. It doesn’t mean they can’t attract free agents. It’s just a disadvantage.
There will always be players who don’t have multiple max offers. Minnesota can separate itself with money, playing time and other considerations.
But good for Russell for playing himself out of that group and earning a max contract in the Bay Area.
“This was when Kevin Durant was a free agent. He was thinking about going to Boston. And I said, ‘Hey, if you guys land Kevin, I would certainly look at lacing them back up one more time and try to make something good happen here in Boston.’ “
This is a fascinating “what if?” – for the Celtics on the court and for Allen’s legacy in Boston.