Mike Conley is a trooper, soldier, warrior and every other positive metaphor of warfare. We know this because we've seen him play through injury and pain every season for the past 3-4 years. Unfortunately, we will now probably see another chapter in Mike's legacy of battling through physical affliction.
Conley logged just 26 minutes (against Portland), and limiting his playing time will be the game plan for the foreseeable future. He suffered what is believed to be a strain to an internal oblique muscle that affects his abdomen and lower back.
Despite showing no ill effects the rest of the game, Conley experienced great discomfort on Sunday and was listed as questionable for the Portland game.
"I felt my abs and all of my back just pop," Conley said. "It was tough breathing in that (Utah) game. (Monday) it was tough moving, dribbling and lifting my arms. You don't realize how much you use your abs until they're hurting. It's a tough thing to go through."
I've experienced this exact injury multiple times from doing things like bending over with poor posture. I can't believe Mike actually played through it because generally every other step you take is accompanied by sharp daggers of pain.
That being said, it's a significant downer to know that we're probably going to be seeing ~75% of Mike Conley for the rest of the season unless Joerger forces him to sit out and heal up. And since we cut Russ Smith I'm not sure how you really do that right now. (Although I know Mullinax would be thrilled with Jeff Green at point.)
This also brings up the question of how much money do you want to pay Mike Conley this summer. It's looking more complicated than it did four months ago. You've got a player who should presumably be paid max money but who seems to only be able to play like a max player 25-50% of the time all while you know he's giving 110%.
I dunno man...