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Mike Conley aggravates hamstring injury in first game back, reportedly could miss weeks

Mike Conley

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 17: Mike Conley #10 of the Utah Jazz handles the ball against the Orlando Magic on December 17, 2019 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jazz point guard Mike Conley missed two weeks with a left-hamstring injury then couldn’t make it even 20 minutes before leaving again.

That’s never a good sign.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Conley has underwhelmed in his first season with the Jazz. But his backups – Emmanuel Mudiay and Dante Exum – don’t inspire confidence. Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles can share point-guard duties, but using those two there exposes Utah’s lack of wing depth.

The Jazz, primarily by trading for Conley, made a push for the present last summer. Yet, they’re just 16-11. They need Conley playing better, which will require him to build chemistry with his new teammates, which can’t happen while he’s out injured.

Did Utah rush him back too soon? It’s impossible to say what would have happened otherwise, but Conley aggravating his injury so quickly is certainly troubling.

Either way, the Jazz are in a bigger bind now.