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Mike Conley had “small setback” with hamstring

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No Mike Conley for game 5, and possibly rest of series

2021 NBA Playoffs - LA Clippers v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Shortly after the Clippers announced that Kawhi Leonard was missing tonight’s game, Mike Conley was made available to the media. This was something that had not been done in the past games, all of which Conley had missed due to his “mild” hamstring strain. When this was announced, there was some slight optimism that he would be announcing his return to the playoffs. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Conley opened up to the media and clarified what a lot of us had been wondering regarding his hamstring injury. According to Conley himself, he experienced a “small setback” between games 2 and three, as he tried maybe harder that he should have to return to action. Conley remained hopeful that he would be back this series vs the Clippers.

As frustrating as this whole thing has been for Jazz fans, I can’t imagine how frustrating it’s been for Mike Conley, especially the last two games that have resulted in pretty ugly Jazz losses.

It will be interesting to see what happens the rest of this series with Mike Conley, especially now that Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out of the series with a possible ACL injury, and most likely the remainder of the season if the Clippers were to somehow pull this off. If the Jazz can handle business tonight at home against a Kawhi-less Clippers team, do they bring Conley back for a closeout game 6? Or keep he rested for the Western Conference Finals. Not getting to far ahead of ourselves, the Jazz need to win tonight at home, and focus on one game at a time. But it’s pretty clear that the Jazz are playing a longer game with Mike Conley, and they know they need to him healthy for as long as possible for this hopeful NBA Finals run.