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Mike Conley Will Not Play in Game 4 of the Blazers-Grizzlies Series

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The Memphis point guard will return home for further evaluation.

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that point guard Mike Conley will not play in Game 4 versus the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Conley's face was injured during this tangle with Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum in Game 3 of the Blazers-Grizzlies series. The Grizzlies lead Portland 3-0 in the best-of-seven matchup.

Though wrapping up the series is important, the Grizzlies will be thrust into their second-round matchup with the Golden State Warriors upon vanquishing the Blazers. With a 3-game cushion in hand, it may be to their advantage to let Conley heal as much as possible before that.

Conley has averaged 16 ppg on 50% shooting against Portland in the playoffs.

Update: Conley will undergo facial surgery on Monday.