Prior to an ankle injury that has cost him the last seven games, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley was having the best season of his six-year career, and on Tuesday, he’ll have the opportunity to pick up where he left off.
— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) February 18, 2014
The Grizzlies announced on Monday that Conley is expected to return in Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks, and as stated by Mitch Lawrence above, that is not a good sign for the visiting Knicks. Conley has been one of the best guards in the entire NBA this season, averaging 18.0 points and 6.3 assists per game (21.39 PER) with star-level defense and a fantastic command of the game on both ends of the floor.
Without Conley in the lineup, Memphis did manage to go a respectable 4-3, but with the 4 wins coming over a band of mediocre opponents (Orlando, Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee), it’s tough to glean too much from that “success”. The Grizzlies currently sit on the outside looking in with the 9th spot in the Western Conference, but with Conley back and healthy, it’s not difficult to see that they may have the inside track at the playoffs.