Don’t be concerned, Jazz followers. Your favourite All-Star guard is in good spirits.
Within the remaining seconds of Utah’s 117-111 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night time, Donovan Mitchell ran towards Joe Ingles trying to take management of the ball. Earlier than he reached Ingles, nevertheless, Mitchell collided with Paul George and shortly reached down towards his proper leg.
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Mitchell’s teammates helped him up off the court docket, however Mitchell did not seem comfy instantly placing weight on that leg. ESPN sideline reporter Cassidy Hubbarth tweeted that Mitchell later had a “seen limp” as he walked to the locker room.
As ESPN analyst Doris Burke famous on the published, the apparent concern was that Mitchell had one way or the other reinjured his proper ankle. The 24-year-old missed the Jazz’s remaining 16 regular-season video games and Sport 1 of the group’s first-round collection in opposition to the Grizzlies whereas recovering from a proper ankle sprain.
Throughout his postgame media availability, Mitchell tried to quell any issues about his well being standing.
“I bought hit, and it damage. However I am positive now,” Mitchell mentioned. “I walked in right here. If you need me to dash for you, I can. I am good. I believe the most important factor is simply, you realize, s— occurs. I am grateful it wasn’t unhealthy. Transfer on and prepare for Sport 3.”
That is excellent news for the Jazz as a result of they cannot afford to lose Mitchell. They’re now 6-Zero within the postseason when Mitchell is out there; their lone playoff loss got here in that first-round collection opener he missed. He scored 37 factors in Sport 2, making him the primary Utah participant with at the least 35 factors in back-to-back playoff video games since Karl Malone did it in 1988, per ESPN Stats and Info.
If Mitchell continues to be feeling any ache from the hit, he will not have a ton of restoration time. Utah will head to Los Angeles for a pivotal Sport Three on Saturday.