Anne M. Peterson
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had facial surgery on Monday in Memphis after he was injured during Game 3 of the playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Conley was inadvertently elbowed in the face by Portland’s CJ McCollum on Saturday night. He was briefly hospitalized before returning to Memphis on Sunday.
The team previously announced that Conley would not play in Monday night’s Game 4. The Grizzlies hold a 3-0 lead in the series.
Beno Udrih, who sat out Game 3 with a sprained right ankle, was expected to start in Conley’s place.
The team did not provide additional details about Conley’s surgery or when he might return to the team. In his eighth NBA season, Conley was averaging 16 points in the series against the Blazers.