Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Memphis' Mike Conley has 'deaf ears' about playing through injury

Mike Conley has been diagnosed with a right hamstring strain, an injury that first occurred during a regular season game in Phoenix near the conclusion of the regular season.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 2, 2014
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Memphis point guard Mike Conley will play against the Thunder in Game 7 on Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The only question is how much Conley has to give.


Conley was removed from Thursday night’s Game 6 with a hamstring injury. He was taken to the locker room but later returned to the floor.

Conley has been diagnosed with a right hamstring strain, an injury that first occurred during a regular season game in Phoenix near the conclusion of the regular season.

“You’re not supposed to play through it, they say,” Conley told reporters Friday. “I’ve got deaf ears right now. I’m going to get treatment on it and be as good as I can be.”

If Conley is a late scratch or limited, the Grizzlies will lean on Beno Udrih, who was the team’s third string point guard two days before the series started. He was elevated to Conley’s primary backup when the NBA suspended Nick Calathes 20 games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

“I’m comfortable playing Beno more minutes,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. “If I find matchups I’m comfortable with, I could play (Conley) and Beno together some.”

DURANT’S MOTHER ACCEPTS APOLOGY

Kevin Durant’s mother, Wanda Pratt, released a statement on Twitter forgiving The Oklahoman for its headline on the cover of the sports section Thursday

“On behalf of Kevin, our family, and the many fans that were offended by yesterday’s headline, I extend forgiveness to the Oklahoman,” Pratt wrote.

Durant again weighed in on the headline controversy Friday.

“Controversy? I wouldn’t say it’s a controversy. Just people doing their job, man,” Durant said. “My mom, brothers and all my friends were so upset, and I was just, like, ‘it comes with the territory.’ It’s important to understand that. I have to play better. I just got to look myself in the mirror.

“But the support here in Oklahoma City, I didn’t really need it. I wasn’t down on myself. But people are just unbelievable. I was riding home from the airport and I see an OKC loves KD billboard. I was thinking they took it a little too far. I really didn’t care about it. It was just a part of the game and I understand it. But the support I got from everybody, from my friends and family to everybody I associate myself with really showed me why I love them so much and I appreciate them.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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