Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said before Saturday night’s game at FedExForum against the Milwaukee Bucks that point guard Mike Conley has a grade two right ankle sprain and will miss at least one week.
“We’ll evaluate at that point,” Joerger said.
Conley injured the ankle in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s win at Minnesota. He is leading the team in points (18.0) and assists (6.3).
The Grizzlies (25-20) have seven games before the All-Star break, including the Saturday, Feb. 1 game vs. Milwaukee.
Joerger said rookie Nick Calathes would start in Conley’s place. Calathes, who played four years in Europe, has had a rough transition to the NBA and is averaging 3.0 points and 2.2 assists. He has been a 50 percent free-throw shooter (18-for-36). And he has struggled to get the team into half-court sets.
Joerger went away from Calathes after Conley’s injury and played shooting guard Courtney Lee at the point, but also used Mike Miller and Tayshaun Prince to get the ball up the court and the Grizzlies into their offense.
“He’s a guy that’s played a lot of big games overseas,” Joerger said of Calathes. “He’s got the support of everybody in this locker room. We are going to go with him.”