The Grizzlies received another tough piece of injury news on Saturday, less than a week after losing Mario Chalmers for the season with a torn Achilles. Mike Conley, who has had foot problems all year and sat out the last two games with soreness, will be sidelined at least three or four weeks with Achilles tendinitis, the team announced in a press release:
Conley has missed the last two games with left foot soreness and received an additional examination yesterday, which showed Achilles tendonitis. He will remain out and will be re-evaluated in 3 to 4 weeks.
Additionally, big man Chris Andersen is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury:
Andersen experienced a left shoulder subluxation and left the game on March 6 vs. Phoenix with 7:59 remaining in the second quarter. Additional examination and an MRI confirmed the injury. He will be listed as out and will continue to be re-evaluated.
The Grizzlies are solidly positioned in the fifth seed in the Western Conference. They trail the Clippers by 3.5 games for fourth but have a 5.5-game lead over the sixth-seeded Blazers. But they’re losing key players to injuries left and right, and it’s harder every day to see their path to contention.