You don’t tank playoff games for any reason.So, here's the thing, though. If he isn't back until the WCF is that because they're going to risk it and sit him expecting Utah to still win or is he unable to play atm?
If it's the latter, and Utah either wins this series Monday or Wednesday (so sweep or in five), and the Suns sweep the Nuggets, will he be ready to go for game one of the WCF, which could be as early as Wednesday?
If he's not, if he still needs at least a week to heal, do we want to wrap up this series so quickly with the Clippers knowing we could be playing the first two games of the WCF without Conley?
If the LAC series goes 6 or 7, it becomes more challenging, for sure, and more risky for the Jazz to lose, but could mean a fully healthy Conley if they advance.
If that's the reality here, Conley really needing more time to rest, then a quick series with the Clippers could put the Jazz in a 0-2 hole vs the Suns before he even returns.