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Mike Conley leaves Orlando bubble for son’s birth, will miss start of playoffs

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Conley will miss game 1 and 2 against the Nuggets at minimum

Dallas Mavericks v Utah Jazz Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

News dropped Sunday morning that Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley has returned home to Columbus, Ohio for the birth of his son.

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.

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.