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Mike Conley details facial injury: ‘I think I’m dying’

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MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 9: Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2015 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. 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 2015 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Mike Conley’s facial injury was bad. We could see that.

But just how troublesome was it in the throes of the aftermath?

Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated:

Conley’s jaw was in such a state that he could only attempt to eat tiny servings of apple sauce. It would have to do. He ate what he could and followed the rules to the letter. His body had other plans; whether due to how little he could choke down, the strength of his painkiller’s dosage, or a combination thereof, Conley spent his night revisiting every bit of food or drink he dared to put in his system.

“That night, I was throwing up,” Conley said. “And every time I threw up—because when you do it, you can’t really control this—I’d have to open my mouth. It would just kill me because I couldn’t really open my mouth. Then, all of a sudden, blood would come out of my nose and I was like: I think I’m dying. It was crazy.”


That might be hyperbole, but reading the preceding description, it sounds like a completely reasonable conclusion to draw.

A reminder: Conley is playingand mostly playing well – in the second round. If that didn’t already seem incredible, read the rest of Mahoney’s article, which details Conley’s difficult path back to the court.