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Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley leaves NBA bubble for birth of his son

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Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) drives around Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley left Florida Sunday morning and returned to Columbus, Ohio for the birth of his son.

The Utah Jazz made the announcement on Sunday just before 11 a.m.

Last month, Conley celebrated his sixth anniversary with his wife Mary Peluso and said the NBA bubble "won't keep me from" the birth of their third child.

"Happy 6th Anniversary!" he posted on Instagram. "We are so blessed to have our beautiful kids all of our loved ones who have molded us into who we are! Can’t wait for baby #3 in August! This bubble won’t keep me from that! ?? Love you!"

Conley is expected to miss at least the first few games of the Jazz's first-round series against the Denver Nuggets.

With Coley out for, potentially, the first few games of the series, Draft Kings Nation predicts Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles will handle the ball more, with Emmanuel Mudiay coming off the bench as the primary backup guard.

The Denver Nuggets were 3-0 against Utah in the regular season. But that doesn’t reflect how close of first-round series this could be between the No. 3 seed Denver and sixth-seeded Utah.

The games were decided by a combined 11 points, including a double overtime thriller in the bubble where the Nuggets won 134-132.

The Jazz could be short-handed after announcing Conley left the bubble for the birth of his son.

He will be subject to a quarantine upon his return.

The Nuggets and Jazz are very similar in that both boast All-Star centers, electric guards and reliable supporting casts.


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