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Mike Conley stronger in his 6th season in Memphis, coming through in Grizzlies' playoff push

  • Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) makes the game-winning shot over San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green, right, with less than one second left in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, April 1, 2013. The Grizzlies defeated the Spurs 92-90. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)The Associated Press

  • Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) shoots in front of San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, April 1, 2013. Conley scored 23 points in the Grizzlies 92-90 victory over the Spurs. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)The Associated Press

  • San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, shoots over Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, April 1, 2013. Parker scored 25 points in the Spurs' 92-90 loss to the Grizzlies. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)The Associated Press

Mike Conley has learned he can't just rely on his quickness to be one of the best point guards in the NBA.

So he bulked up and got stronger.

Conley says he has added some muscle to his 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame. He feels the added bulk is helping him finish plays in traffic — like he did against San Antonio. Conley took the contact from the Spurs 6-6, 220-pound Danny Green but still scored game-winning layup with 0.6 seconds to play.

The 25-year-old Conley has been a pivotal player for the Grizzlies, who are looking to secure home-court advantage in the playoffs. Memphis begins a three-game road trip Wednesday night at Portland.