Mike Conley, Grizzlies, Eliminate Clippers

May 4, 2013 at 3:48a    by Jason Priestas    
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Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies ended the Los Angeles Clippers' season with a 118-105 game six victory, becoming the first team in NBA playoff history to win four games by double figures after dropping the first two of a series.

Conley finished tied with Zach Randolph (B1G!) with a team-high 23 points on 12-17 shooting from the field, 3-4 from downtown, including a late three to kill any hopes of a Clippers comeback. He averaged 17.6 points and 8.2 assists per game for the series.

Greg Oden, Conley's former teammate at Ohio State, was on hand at the FedEx Forum to witness his good friend's win.

Next up for the Grizzlies: Game one of a second round series with the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday at 1 p.m. With Russell Westbrook shelved due to a torn meniscus, Memphis has become somewhat of a trendy pick to emerge from the West.


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703Buckeye's picture

Conley Jr. is underrated and the Clippers are way overrated.

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Haybucks's picture

Mike Conley is as overlooked as Micheal Redd.  I'd love to see the Grizzlies and Conley light up the Heat in the finals.  Conley could use the national spotlight to showcase his amazing speed and control.  
As Zach Randolph bruises his defenders, Conley breaks his defenders' ankles.

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Would he trade Randolph for a healthy Greg Oden?  Haha, who wouldn't.

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Hovenaut's picture

Mike Conley can ball, that is all.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

bbase22's picture

Conley is underrated right now but if they make a deep playoff run he's going to start being mentioned in "who's the best point guard" conversations...because he is definitely one of them

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"who's the best point guard"

No he won't. He's still behind Paul, Williams, Rose, Rondo, and Westbrook.

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ih8rolltyde's picture

So is he behind every point guard that has been eliminated/hurt in your rankings?

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

absolutely crazy that they dipped lob city out in 6 games. Mike Conley should remain underrated though. I love him going h.a.m. on these dudes in the postseason. not even a fan of the NBA really, but i love watching him ball.

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abrahajc's picture

conley is very good.  bad thing is that he is playing in an era with a bunch of great point guards, so it seems that a lot of people will overlook his career (playing in a market like memphis doesn't help either).  Marc Gasol has become a superstar this past year, so I wouldn't be that surprised to see Memphis in the western finals.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I love Marc, but he's not a superstar.

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JozyMozy's picture

Semantics. He wasn't talking about putting the guy in the Hall of Fame, he's talking about Marc Gasol's on-court performance this year. Offensively, the guy is very, very talented. I can't think of a current center that possesses a shooting touch like Marc. He hits 84% from the line, averages 4+ assists a game, and is an okay defender. Won some kind of trophy or something for it. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Semantics. He wasn't talking about putting the guy in the Hall of Fame,

Vince Carter and T-Mac were superstars. Neither are going to the HoF. 
The word "superstar" gets thrown around way too easily.

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abrahajc's picture

I guess I should have said superstar when compared to just about anyone else in the league playing his position.  With D12 playing soft the entire season, I would say Gasol and Lopez have legit cases at being the best big men in the game (with respect to Tim Duncan who can probably play til hes in his 60s)

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

If Dwight is "soft" is what does that make Lopez? This whole thing about Gasol, and Lopez being better than Dwight is false. In a year where Dwight was recovering from back surgery, and had a torn labrum, he still had better numbers than both.

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abrahajc's picture

That makes Lopez a guy that plays hard, doesn't make himself a spectacle, and shows sportsmanship and respect to the rest of the league.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Plays hard? He's never averaged double digit rebounds in his career. He also shoots too many jumpers. Apparently that makes you the best big man in basketball.

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abrahajc's picture

all right man get defensive. you're clearly the be all end all of anything basketball related and anyone else's opinion is null and void.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

How is stating the truth me "getting defensive"?

I never once heard about Brook Lopez being better than Dwight until Shaq said it. And that was only said because he is bitter.

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abrahajc's picture

It's defensive because Howard mailed it in all year regardless of injury, and displayed awful attitude and professionalism. For some reason (assuming your from LA, because being a fan of them otherwise doesn't make sense) you are a Laker's apologist.  And it is simply not the truth (as you claim) because stating "best big man in basketball" is completely subjective and not able to be proven.  You give off an arrogant vibe in nearly all of your posts, and this all stemmed from me commenting on Marc Gasol's high level of play.  You clearly had to take exception to that, for one reason or another.  Have a great day--I'm sure you now have a plethora of opinions since you are no longer wasting time watching your favorite team in the playoffs.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

  Howard mailed it in all year regardless of injury, 

False. How does a guy who "mailed it in" lead the league in rebounding? I won't say Howard handled everything perfectly, but a lot of this was overblown.

you are a Laker's apologist.

Not at all. I'm just being accurate.
  

You give off an arrogant vibe in nearly all of your posts, and this all stemmed from me commenting on Marc Gasol's high level of play.  

So because I don't sign off on the idea that two bigs that statistically had a worse year than an injured Dwight Howard, i'm arrogant?

I'm sure you now have a plethora of opinions since you are no longer wasting time watching your favorite team in the playoffs.

The last part made me lol.

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moopdawg's picture

Well, lots of the Buckeye Nation underrates him. I mean, there's a sizable contingency that believe and would argue that Aaron Craft is better than Mike Conley.
 

KBonay's picture

yep. period.
 

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Hard not to like this Memphis team, from the coach on down. They're tough without being thuggish and, when their offense gets clicking, are pretty damn efficient. Maybe the question should be "Who's more underrated, Conley or Zach Randolph?" I love seeing both matched up against the commercial kids of the NBA and holding their own if not owning them.
Bonus points for the fact that you can spill out of a Grizzlies game and be in a Beale Street bar in, like, a minute and a half.

Gametime's picture

Mike Conley is and has been largely considered a top ten PG in the league - I don't see how he's underrated - no team in their right mind would trade Conley for CP3, Rose, Westbrook, Rondo, Steph Curry, Kyrie, or Deron Williams and these guys are easily the top 7 - I'd say Mike Conley is easily considered in the 8-10 range with probably Tony Parker, & Ty Lawson

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tdible2132's picture

Anybody think the Grizzlies are going to take care of the Thunder in 6?  I get that feeling myself.  The Grizzlies are a lot better than they get credit for, and with Westbrook out, I have a feeling that Mike Conley is going to really make a name for himself in this series.  Should be intersting to see how this series plays out.

tdible2132's picture

Well, I'll stick with my prediction of Grizzlies in 6, but that looks less likely after today.  For a while there I really thought the Grizzlies were going to pull off the win in game 1.  Still think they have  a great shot in this series though with Westbrook out.

gobucks96's picture

I'm glad to see him doing welll and getting some attention. His game is full of substance over style..

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Unfortunately his two turnovers at the end cost Memphis the game.

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