Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell Feels’ Good ‘After Hard Collision With Clippers’ Paul George:’ Grateful It Wasn’t Bad ‘
Don’t worry, Jazz fans. Your favorite All-Star goalie is in a good mood.
In the dying seconds of Utah’s 117-111 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, Donovan Mitchell ran towards Joe Ingles seeking control of the ball. Before reaching Ingles, however, Mitchell collided with Paul George and quickly reached his right leg.
Mitchell’s teammates helped him off the pitch, but Mitchell didn’t seem comfortable immediately putting weight on that leg. ESPN reporter Cassidy Hubbarth tweeted that Mitchell later had a “visible limp” as he walked into the locker room.
As ESPN analyst Doris Burke noted on the show, the obvious concern was that Mitchell had somehow injured his right ankle. The 24-year-old missed the Jazz’s last 16 regular-season games and Game 1 of the team’s first-round series against the Grizzlies while recovering from a sprained right ankle.
During his post-game media availability, Mitchell attempted to allay any concerns about his condition.
“I got 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 right, you know, s— happens. I’m grateful it wasn’t wrong. . Move on. And get ready for Game 3. “
This is good news for the Jazz because they cannot afford to lose Mitchell. They are now 6-0 in the playoffs when Mitchell is available; their only loss in the playoffs came in that first round of the series that he missed. He scored 37 points in Game 2, making him Utah’s first player with at least 35 points in back-to-back playoff games since Karl Malone did so in 1988, by ESPN Stats and Info.
If Mitchell is still in pain from the blow, he won’t have much recovery time. Utah will travel to Los Angeles for a decisive third game on Saturday.