Mike Conley to miss 6 weeks with broken vertebra - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mike Conley to miss 6 weeks with broken vertebra

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Grizzlies Guard Mike Conley will miss an extended period of time due to a broken vertebra, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski is a journalist with Yahoo Sports and TheVertical.com.

Grind City Media's Michael Wallace suggests the injury could sideline Conley for six weeks or more.

Wallace said Conley's injury will not require surgery, but it will require rest and recovery to heal the fracture. 

Conley was injured while playing defense in Monday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets.

Conley was taking a charge during the third quarter when he fell to the ground and struggled to get back up.

Wojnarowski said his sources specifically identified Conley's injury as a transverse process fracture in the vertebrae.

Through 17 games, Conley is averaging a career-high, team-leading 19.2 points per game for Memphis. He's also shot a lights-out .467 from three-point range, a significant uptick from his career average, which has gone a long way in making head coach David Fizdale's new offense click as the Grizz have started the season 11-7.

Now, the Grizzlies will be tasked with replacing their best player in the starting lineup, and they possess two real options: Rookie Wade Baldwin IV and Andrew Harrison.

Baldwin has struggled in limited minutes this season, even earning himself a brief trip down to D-League Iowa. Baldwin's made one start this season, but has not tallied more than 15 minutes in a game since November 2. Offensively, he's shooting just .333 from the field and .182 from three. The first-round pick has had significant trouble adjusting to the NBA game after two seasons at Vanderbilt that earned him his status as a first-round pick.

Harrison, meanwhile, has seen more significant play this season, but has struggled mightily with his shot (just .271 from the field). Harrison was a second round pick in 2015 and spent last season in the D-League before getting the call to the Grizzlies' main roster this season. He's averaging six points and 3 assists this season in 25 minutes per game.

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