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Utah Jazz point man Mike Conley Jr. will be active to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves this Friday (h/t ESPN’s Tim MacMahon). Conley is cleared to play after missing nine-straight games due to left knee muscle strain.

The return came in with no surprise, as the past few days have hinted that the veteran is indeed targeting a return this Friday after being shelved since Nov. 19.

Conley’s return can’t be even more timely. Collin Sexton, who replaced him to start for Utah upon his absence, sustained a mild hamstring strain that will keep him out for at least one week.

The Jazz without Conley tallied a 3-6 record on the nine occasions, but the wins came over on their previous games. 

Conley, 35, is in his fourth year with the Jazz and averaging 10.2 points, 2.4 boards, 1.2 steals, and a career-high 7.9 assists on a 17-game basis this season.