Mike Conley appreciated being named Western Conference Player of the Week for the first time in his career, saying that it shows how he hasn't lost a step at this point in his career.
“To do it coming off a year where it was probably the hardest year of my life with the injury and the surgery, not knowing how you’re going to come back for it. To get one the year after something like that happens in your 12th year, when everyone tells you you’re supposed to be slowing down, you’re just defeating the odds in a sense. It’s pretty cool to have that kind of honor at this point in my career," said Conley.
Conley is averaging 31.3 points and 7.7 assists on 55% shooting from the field since last Monday.
J.B. Bickerstaff noted that the Grizzlies are running more four-out offense with Conley free to attack the basket.
No matter how we get it to him, whether it’s just straight pick-and-roll, we move him around and get it back to him, the ball is going to be in his hands and he’s gotta make the play. The way the teams have been playing him, he’s been able to get to his floaters, he’s been able to get to his pull-ups. But I think this is a role that he’s comfortable in and just with the changes it’s become more necessary, and he’s been effective.”