It’s official. He’s back.
The Memphis Grizzlies took their biggest hit of the season when star guard Mike Conley went down with fractures of the transverse process bones in the vertebrae of his lower back.
However, it seems like Conley is ready to go against the Sacramento Kings.
According to Ronald Tilley of The Commercial Appeal, Conley went through shootaround with no concerns or major setbacks and expects to suit up for the Memphis Grizzlies when they play Sacramento tonight.
Griz point guard Mike Conley went through shootaround and expects to play tonight vs Kings https://t.co/5RlbxmdL8u— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) December 16, 2016
Chris Vernon confirmed the reports that Conley is expected to return.
It's official - team sources confirm that Mike Conley will be listed as active and is playing tonight vs Sacramento.— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) December 16, 2016
Yesterday, the Grizzlies waived guard Toney Douglas and assigned Wade Baldwin IV to the NBA D-League in order to make room for their injured players. When Conley was first diagnosed with his back injury, it was reported that the starting point guard would miss up to eight weeks.
Conley was having one his best seasons before he went down against Charlotte — he is averaging 19.2 points and 5.7 assists. If he plays tonight against Sacramento, it would be an uplifting surprise. It only has been three weeks since his injury. The Grizzlies have stepped up to void the absence of Conley as they sit 18-9 through 27 games. Since his injury, Memphis has won seven of their last nine games.
But head coach David Fizdale is hopeful his starting point guard will play and so are the Memphis faithful.
In other news, Chandler Parsons and James Ennis will not play tonight, according to Fizdale.
Shootaround - Griz coach David Fizdale says he's hopeful that Conley will play tonight while ruling out Ennis and Parsons— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) December 16, 2016