Mike Conley out again Game 2 with hamstring strain
Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Jazz will be without their starting point guard again on Thursday night, officially ruling out Mike Conley for Game 2 against the Clippers, tweets Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Conley has been sidelined since suffering a mild right hamstring strain in Game 5 of Utah’s first-round series vs. Memphis. However, the Jazz haven’t missed a beat without him so far, finishing off the Grizzlies and then winning Game 1 against Los Angeles.

With Conley out on Tuesday, the Jazz leaned more heavily on Donovan Mitchell, who scored 45 points in 37 minutes. Mitchell had averaged a little less than 30 minutes per game since returning from his ankle sprain in Game 2 vs. the Grizzlies, so Tuesday’s workload represented a significant uptick in minutes for him. Joe Ingles also took on more of a play-making role in Game 1 against the Clippers, recording seven assists.

Conley is considered day-to-day and – before being ruled out – has been listed as questionable leading up to each of the first two games of this series. It seems like he may not be far off from a return, but the Jazz won’t rush him back before he’s ready.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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