Jazz star Donovan Mitchell drops critical update on ankle injury after scary moment
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell had a scary moment in Game 3 of their playoffs series with the Los Angeles Clippers, as an awkward landing midway thorough the fourth quarter led to an ankle injury that forced him out.
The injury occurred when Mitchell went up for a dunk at the halfway mark. Unfortunately, as he landed, it was quite clear his right ankle was hurt since he was not able to step it onto the floor.
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Donovan Mitchell limped off to the locker room, and while he was able to return to the bench, the Jazz opted not to play him with the game already out of reach. The team clarified the superstar guard was available to return and it was only the coaching team’s decision to rule him out for the closing stages of the game.
Mitchell was then spotted with an ice pack wrapped around his right foot.
Donovan Mitchell left Game 3 with his right foot wrapped in ice.
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In his post-game presser, however, Mitchell eased the worries of Jazz fans and emphasized he is doing well and will be ready for Game 4. There were a lot of concerns regarding Mitchell’s injury since it is the same ankle that was sprained late in the season and cost him to miss 16 straight regular season games and the opener in the Jazz’s playoffs series with the Memphis Grizzlies.
“It’s when I land. I’ve been trying to manage it. I don’t know what else to say—I don’t want to say too much. I’m good. I’ll be ready for Game 4,” Donovan Mitchell said when asked to clarify his injury, per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune.
Jazz fans are surely hoping the issue is truly not that significant and Mitchell will be able to suit up for the crucial Game 4. The Clippers have already cut their lead to 2-1, and any potential absence of Mitchell could lead to a massive comeback for LA.
The Utah All-Star will have one day to rest his ankle before Game 4 on Monday. Hopefully that’s enough to get him back to good health.