Grizzlies los­ing Con­ley for 6 weeks

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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.

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