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Mike Conley injury means Andrew Harrison getting bigger role with Grizzlies

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Mike Conley is out for the foreseeable future, which means Andrew Harrison is about to take on an ever bigger role amid his promising first NBA season.


In July, Andrew Harrison wasn't even sure he'd have a spot in the NBA this season.

Now, he could be the starting point guard for a playoff contender. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley is out indefinitely with a back injury.

Conley went down hard while taking a charge in the third quarter of Memphis' 104-85 win over Charlotte on Monday. This is terrible news for Conley, and this hopefully isn't something that will keep him from returning this season.

In the meantime, Memphis could be left to rely on Harrison as their top point guard. He's started three games this year while appearing in 16 for the 11-7 Grizzlies. Harrison has averaged 5.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists this season while becoming a solid perimeter defender for a Memphis team that ranks third in points allowed per game.

He and Conley have actually started games together this year as Andrew has shown he can make an impact while playing off the ball. Rookie guard Wade Baldwin IV has also started at point guard this season.

Harrison earned a contract with the Grizzlies back in July before making it through final roster cuts. He spent his rookie season in the NBA D-League.