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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery Monday to repair a facial fracture he sustained in a Game 3 playoff win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Conley is recovering from the procedure in Memphis after he returned from Portland following Saturday's 115-109 victory that gave the Grizzlies a 3-0 series lead entering Game 4 on Monday. The fractures were caused by an inadvertent elbow he caught near his left eye during a scramble for a loose ball with Blazers guard C.J. McCollum late in the third quarter.
After absorbing the blow, Conley remained on the floor for several seconds as play continued. He was eventually helped to the locker room for X-rays before being taken to a Portland medical facility. Conley flew home Sunday afternoon and was scheduled for the surgery Monday morning.
The Grizzlies did not divulge a specific time frame for when they expect Conley to return, but the eighth-year veteran will likely be required to wear a protective mask whenever he is available.
Conley led the Grizzlies in assists during the regular season and is the team's second-leading scorer in the playoffs, averaging 16 points and 3.7 assists through three games against Portland.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery Monday to repair a facial fracture he sustained in a Game 3 playoff win against Portland.