Don’t fear, Jazz followers. Your favourite All-Star guard is in good spirits.
In the ultimate seconds of Utah’s 117-111 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night time, Donovan Mitchell ran towards Joe Ingles seeking to take management of the ball. Before 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 snug instantly placing weight on that leg. ESPN sideline reporter Cassidy Hubbarth tweeted that Mitchell later had a “visible limp” as he walked to the locker room.
As ESPN analyst Doris Burke famous on the published, the plain concern was that Mitchell had someway reinjured his proper ankle. The 24-year-old missed the Jazz’s closing 16 regular-season video games and Game 1 of the staff’s first-round collection in opposition to the Grizzlies whereas recovering from a proper ankle sprain.
During his postgame media availability, Mitchell tried to quell any issues about his well being standing.
“I got hit, and it hurt. But I’m fine now,” Mitchell mentioned. “I walked in here. If you want me to sprint for you, I can. I’m good. I think the biggest thing is just, you know, s— happens. I’m thankful it wasn’t bad. Move on and get ready for Game 3.”
That’s good news for the Jazz as a result of they cannot afford to lose Mitchell. They at the moment are 6-0 within the postseason when Mitchell is accessible; their lone playoff loss got here in that first-round collection opener he missed. He scored 37 factors in Game 2, making him the primary Utah participant with a minimum of 35 factors in back-to-back playoff video games since Karl Malone did it in 1988, per ESPN Stats and Info.
If Mitchell remains 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 Game 3 on Saturday.