The Utah Jazz received a bit of a scare Wednesday night as they were cruising to a Game 5 closeout win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, as point guard Mike Conley left the contest early in the second quarter.
The Jazz shortly thereafter said Conley would not return to the game because of right hamstring soreness, and after the Utah win, Conley told reporters he had pulled it. On Thursday, Conley underwent an MRI, and was diagnosed with a “mild” right hamstring strain.
Conley will be reevaluated prior to the Jazz’s next game, which will be Sunday afternoon at the earliest if the Dallas Mavericks eliminate the LA Clippers in Game 6 of their first round series on Friday night.
A 14-year pro, Conley certainly has recent history with hamstring injuries. He missed a bunch of time last season because of one and significant time this season, including most of the last two weeks of the regular season. That said, he told reporters Wednesday that this go-round didn’t initially seem as serious as his previous hamstring injuries.
“It’s playoffs so my mindset is I’ll be ready to play,” he said. “We’re gonna just see what happens in next few days and be smart about how we approach it going into this next series.”
Through the first four games of Utah’s series against the Grizzlies, Conley was tremendous, as he averaged 20 points, 10.3 assists and shot 53.3% from behind the 3-point line.