The Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers Western Conference semifinal series has been slapped hard by the injury bug sweeping the NBA this postseason. The Clippers are now without Kawhi Leonard, while the Jazz will continue to miss point guard Mike Conley.
Conley last played in the team’s Game 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies, leaving the matchup after just 12 minutes. He’s been nursing a hamstring strain, and has missed the entire Clippers series.
Utah took the first two games of the series at home, while Los Angeles has matched them in Games 3 and 4. The Leonard injury promises to change the entire tenor or the series, though Conley’s continued absence definitely lowers the Jazz’s ceiling.
Moments after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Mike Conley is out for a fifth-straight game, the Jazz announced as much. Utah hopes to take back the series lead with tonight’s home game.
Mike Conley is out for tonight's game.
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) June 16, 2021
The veteran point guard made his first career All-Star Game this year, averaging 16.2 points and six assists for the Jazz, who had the best record in the NBA this season. He is up to 17.4 points and 8.6 assists per game on impressive 46.7/54.8/100 shooting splits in the playoffs so far.
In his absence, Donovan Mitchell has looked like one of the world’s best players so far in the postseason. He’s at 32.9 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on 46/43/85.2 shooting in the playoffs.
The Utah Jazz host the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 tonight at 10 p.m. ET.