Sources: Grizzlies need 48 hours to assess Mike Conley’s status after surgery

After surgery to repair a facial fracture on guard Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies need to wait 48 hours for the swelling to subside before gaining a clearer understanding of a timeline for a possible playoff return, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

There are scenarios in which Conley could return in a possible Western Conference semifinal series against the Golden State Warriors, league sources said, but that’s uncertain until the healing process begins, the pain lessens and Conley can be fitted for a mask.

Conley underwent surgery Monday in Memphis after sustaining a facial fracture under his left eye in the Grizzlies’ Game 3 victory over Portland on Saturday night.

Memphis leads 3-0 in its best-of-seven Western Conference series against the Blazers. Game 4 is set for Monday night in Portland.

Conley is a major part of the Grizzlies’ success, averaging 15.8 points and 5.4 assists in the regular season.

Without Conley, the Grizzlies will rely on Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes to shoulder a bigger burden.

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