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NBA Injury Analysis: Conley And The Lakers Backcourt

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Mike Conley

The Grizzlies' season has been defined by injury. Center Marc Gasol missed 23 consecutive games recovering from a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain in his knee. His return, along with the acquisition of Courtney Lee, provided the team a much-needed boost that allowed them to jump into the playoff picture with a 9-1 record in their last 10 outings. Sadly, the run will have to continue without the engine that runs the team after Conley limped off the court over the weekend. A MRI taken after the game revealed the speedy point guard suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain. The Grade 2 ranking is the same grade Gasol's knee injury received but doesn't carry as heavy of a price tag. Players that suffer Grade 2 ankle sprains miss an average of eight games as opposed to Grade 2 knee sprains that cost players an average of 23 games. Charlotte guard Kemba Walker has currently missed six games with a similar injury and continues to progress through rehab. Conley's exp

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