Don’t worry, Jazz fans. Your favorite All-Star guard is in good spirits.
In the final seconds of Utah’s 117-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, Donovan Mitchell ran to Joe Ingles to control the ball. However, before he reached Ingles, Mitchell collided with Paul George and quickly stretched down to his right leg.
Mitchell’s teammates helped him leave the court, but Mitchell immediately put the weight on that leg and it seemed uncomfortable. ESPN sideline reporter Cassidy Hubbarth tweeted Mitchell later “visibly limp” as he walked to the locker room.
As ESPN analyst Doris Burke pointed out on the radio, the obvious concern is that Mitchell somehow injured his right ankle again. The 24-year-old player missed the Jazz’s last 16 regular season games and the first game of the team’s first-round series against the Grizzlies due to a sprained right ankle.
During the post-match media interview, Mitchell tried to calm any concerns about his health.
“I was hit and it hurts. But I’m fine now,” Mitchell said. “I walked in here. If you want me to sprint for you, I can. I’m fine. I think the most important thing is, you know, s-happens. I’m grateful that it’s not bad. Go ahead and do Get ready for the third game.”
This is good news for the Jazz, because they can’t lose Mitchell. When Mitchell came on the field, they were now leading 6-0 in the playoffs; their only playoff loss came from the first round series opener he missed. He scored 37 points in the second game, which made him the first Utah player to score at least 35 points in the back-to-back playoffs since Karl Malone in 1988. According to ESPN statistics and information.
If Mitchell still feels any pain from being hit, he will not have a lot of time to recover. On Saturday, Utah will head to Los Angeles to participate in the crucial third game.