The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 112-109 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals Tuesday night without services of point guard Mike Conley, who has been dealing with a strain of his right muscles for a week now.
Utah will expect a show replay Thursday night.
In order ESPN and other grocers, the Jazz fired Conley on Thursday, July 2 because of what he calls a “bad” muscle strain.
Conley, named All-Star for the first time in his career earlier this year, suffered his last comeback in the first-round win over the Memphis Grizzlies on June 2 and was no longer the same after. He was limited in practice Monday and missed Tuesday’s win over the Clippers.
There is no definite timeline for when the 33-year-old will be able to return to the rotation, and it is assumed that he will be hesitant to move forward even if he is able to play this series.
Conley missed nine games in late April and May due to a previous right hand muscle disease and was out for six contests in February due to a similar problem. He averaged 16.2 points, 6.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 51 regular-season games before the playoffs.