Jazz star Donovan Mitchell’s cheeky update on injury after Paul George collision
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell had another big performance against the Los Angeles Clippers, going for 37 points in a 117-111 Game 2 victory after putting up 45 points in a Game 1. However, there was a scary moment late in the game when Mitchell and Paul George collided and went sprawling to the ground, leaving the Jazz guard with a noticeable limp.
Mitchell just recently returned from an ankle injury, and the mind immediately turned to him tweaking that injury and potentially missing time. After the game, though, the Jazz star insisted he’s good in a rather cheeky manner:
Donovan Mitchell, on a follow-up about his physical condition: "I got hit … and it hurt. But I'm fine now. I walked in here. I can sprint if you want me to. … Shit happens."
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) June 11, 2021
— ∂αℓιη (@dalpal2) June 11, 2021
Mitchell definitely looked like he was hurting in the immediate aftermath of the collision, but perhaps walking it out helped him. We’ll have to see how he’s feeling after sleeping on it, but his early comments suggest he’ll be okay and won’t miss Game 3 on Saturday.
The Jazz are riding high after going up 2-0 in the series, though things got dicey in the second half after taking a 21-point lead in the third quarter. The Clippers went to a zone defense that flummoxed Utah, and Reggie Jackson got going to help LA get back in the game. The Clippers even took a lead in the fourth quarter, but the Jazz used a late surge to secure the victory.
LA is no stranger to going down 2-0, because it happened just last series against the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers are going home this time as they try to get back into this series. Utah would obviously love to pull off a sweep, but the reasonable goal should be to grab one win at Staples Center in order to have the opportunity to come back home and finish the series in Game 5.
As of right now, it looks like Donovan Mitchell should be available as the Jazz try to do that.