Grizzlies losing Conley for 6 weeks
The Grizzlies have taken their biggest hit yet this season with guard Mike Conley the latest to land on the injury list.
The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Conley will miss at least six weeks after being diagnosed with fractures of the transverse process bones in the vertebrae of his lower back. Conley will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
The guard signed a five-year, $153 million contract in July to stay with the Grizzlies.
Conley was hurt Monday night during the third quarter of a 104-85 loss to Charlotte after taking a charge from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He went down hard on his back and stayed on the floor in obvious pain before leaving the game. He did not return.
He is Memphis’ leading scorer, averaging 19.2 points and 5.7 assists and had helped the Grizzlies to an 11-7 start.
Dirk Nowitzki will be out at least two more games with a right Achilles tendon injury that has contributed to the Mavericks forward missing 11 of the first 16 games this season. Nowitzki, 38, returned from an eight-game absence because of the injury and played against the Clippers and Cavaliers last week before sitting again at home against the Pelicans on Sunday.