Jazz point guard Mike Conley missed two weeks with a left-hamstring injury then couldn’t make it even 20 minutes before leaving again.
That’s never a good sign.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. is expected to miss multiple games with his reaggravated left hamstring and could miss multiple weeks, league sources tell me and @Tjonesonthenba.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 18, 2019
Conley has underwhelmed in his first season with the Jazz. But his backups – Emmanuel Mudiay and Dante Exum – don’t inspire confidence. Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles can share point-guard duties, but using those two there exposes Utah’s lack of wing depth.
The Jazz, primarily by trading for Conley, made a push for the present last summer. Yet, they’re just 16-11. They need Conley playing better, which will require him to build chemistry with his new teammates, which can’t happen while he’s out injured.
Did Utah rush him back too soon? It’s impossible to say what would have happened otherwise, but Conley aggravating his injury so quickly is certainly troubling.
Either way, the Jazz are in a bigger bind now.