News dropped Sunday morning that Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley has returned home to Columbus, Ohio for the birth of his son.
Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley left the Orlando bubble this morning and returned to Columbus, Ohio for the birth of his son.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 16, 2020
Obviously family comes first, so this is a more important development than some basketball games. Congratulations and good luck to the Conley’s as they welcome a new member to their family.
As for what it means for the playoff series against the Denver Nuggets that is scheduled to tip off Monday morning, Conley is assured to miss the first two games of the series at a minimum. In all likelihood, his absence will be much longer. Don’t be surprised if we don’t see him at all in the series.
With the series starting tomorrow, and going every other day, Conley is certain to miss at least the first two games, and likely to miss the first three. https://t.co/JmuGUkBubj— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 16, 2020
This will likely mean a lot of time for Donovan Mitchell running the show at the point guard position and an increased role for some deeper bench players like Miye Oni. How Quin Snyder and the rest of the Jazz roster adjust will be crucial to Utah’s playoff hopes.