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Mike Conley Hopeful to Play in Game 2 vs. Warriors

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has missed the last three postseason games after surgery to repair multiple facial fractures, but Conley is hoping to play in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, according to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News.

Conley warmed up with a mask before Game 1, although he didn’t play in the 101-86 loss at Oracle Arena. Conley told Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears that warming up and then sitting on the bench in front of a rabid Oracle Arena crowd was a big step in his recovery, but he also admitted that he had some issues with the crowd, buzzer and bright lights.

Still, Conley seems confident that he’ll play in Game 2:

“I believe I will, but I’ve believed that the last week,” Conley said. “I’m really hoping for tomorrow. They tell me I can play once I’m ready, and I feel I’m ready to go. It’s on me, and I think I made the right decision.”

Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger is far less optimistic, calling Conley doubtful to play.

Memphis sure could use Conley, who means so much to the team on both sides of the floor. All due respect to Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih, but they just don’t hold a candle to Conley.

Of course, Conley coming back probably won’t matter against the Golden State juggernaut. But maybe the series will be a little more competitive if the point guard returns soon.


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