Mike Conley finally breaks out of shooting slump

By WILL GALANG | 31 October 2019 🔗

Mike Conley: Photo by Scott G. Winterton

Six days ago, I was lamenting how Mike Conley’s shots are not falling, two games into his being a Jazzman, and jokingly wished if we could have Ricky Rubio back. Just the other day, Conley broke out of his offensive slump to score 29 points, 18 of which he poured in the 3rd quarter with 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, to lead the Utah Jazz in disposing off the Los Angeles Clippers for their 4th win out of 5 games. (The Clippers rested Kawhi Leonard for that clash, it’s important to mention. You know, “load management” thing.)

Of course, I am pleased! Thank you, Mike!

Was able to catch that Jazz-Clippers game in its entirety and I appreciated how Conley slowly but surely won over the Salt Lake City crowd with his patience and determination to spearhead the Jazz offense in the second half. It was somehow obvious the fans were waiting for him to break out, and break out he did.

I still miss Ricky Rubio. But if Mike can keep doing this consistently, then I will have to come to the acceptance that one of my favorite Spanish hoopers is not going to be back. (And stop being sentimental about player movements.)

Mike Conley celebrates after scoring a basket as heads to Jazz bench

Mike Conley celebrates a crucial bucket as he heads to the Jazz bench during a timeout.