Memphis Grizzlies Owe Plenty To Mike Conley For Their Success

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Mike Conley might have had the most impressive performance for the Memphis Grizzles earlier in the week in the defensive-oriented 76-72 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Conley dished out seven assists in a game in which there weren’t many points, showing how much value he puts in the passing game. He also had a big shot at the end to get the Grizzlies over the top.

He may not have the biggest name on the team, but he continues to make some valuable contributions to a Memphis team that has won seven straight. He has quietly come up big for the Grizzlies throughout the season. In 37 solid minutes of action, he was 4-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-2 in foul shots and had the seven key assists.

For the season, he has been averaging around six assists per game, along with 13.4 points and 2.5 rebounds

Conley’s numbers are steady across the board. His average per game is slightly above last season’s 12.7 points. He’s shooting 43 percent from the floor and 37.7 percent in 3-pointers. He’s also been an excellent playmaker and had an average of 6.5 assists per game in each of the previous two seasons.

He’s the perfect fit in a blue-collar type of atmosphere for the Grizzlies, who continue to play well since the trade that sent Rudy Gay away and brought Austin Daye, Ed Davis and Tayshaun Prince to Memphis.

But when the playoffs come, Mike Conley will be as dangerous of a player that the Grizzlies have in their bid for success in the tough NBA West.

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