Jazz Notes: Conley Jr., Mitchell, Attendance, Ainge

Jazz point guard Mike Conley Jr. seems to think he’ll be ready to go for the Wester Conference semifinals, despite exiting the Game 5 win over the Grizzlies after just 12 minutes.

Conley was experiencing hamstring soreness and exited just 12 minutes into the game, though the Jazz advanced anyway.

“It’s playoffs, so my mindset is I’ll be ready to play,” he told reporters. “We’re gonna just see what happens in next few days and be smart about how we approach it going into this next series.”

The Jazz are awaiting the winner of the Mavericks-Clippers series. Dallas owns a 3-2 series edge, with neither team having yet won a home game.

More from Utah

  • Donovan Mitchell set the tone right away in the elimination game vs. the Grizzlies, wrote Sarah Todd of the Deseret News, again proving that the Jazz should be taken seriously. “Having guys that work so hard and want to win is how you build a championship identity, and I think he has that, as we saw tonight,” Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. “He’s getting better every single year, so it’s fun to be a part of. I’m excited to see what’s going to happen next.”
  • The Jazz are increasing attendance to 100 percent capacity for the second round of the playoffs, the team announced Thursday. The decision will allow a crowd of up to 18,306, which would be the largest crowd for an NBA game this season, relayed Ryan McDonald of the Deseret News.
  • In case you missed it, Utah has been mentioned as a possible next stop for departing Celtics president Danny Ainge, based on Ainge’s friendship with Jazz owner Ryan Smith. You can read that full story right here on Hoopswire.

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