Donovan Mitchell is returning to action at the moment the Utah Jazz need it the most. After a pitiful start to the new year and with veteran wing Joe Ingles tearing his ACL, Utah needs to build some momentum before the All-Star break.
Mitchell, who was recently named an All-Star for the third consecutive year, has missed the Jazz’s last eight games due to a concussion. His absence has been brutal to play through for the Jazz, who have slipped down to fourth in the Western Conference. He met with a specialist this week as his symptoms persisted.
In his first media availability session since suffering the concussion, Mitchell discussed the nausea and pain he has been feeling and said that this was the fourth concussion he has suffered in his life.
He said the length of this recovery started to scare him. This is the fourth concussion he's had in his life — one in HS, one at Louisville, and the other within the past year. Said this one took the longest to get better from by far.
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) February 4, 2022
Mitchell was close to returning last week against the Memphis Grizzlies but suffered more headaches before he could clear the NBA’s concussion protocols. The symptoms Mitchell suffered are surely frightening for the Jazz, who are looking to avenge their embarrassing playoff defeat from last year. Their best scorer will have to be in his best shape as Utah looks to bounce back.
This season, Mitchell is averaging 25.5 points, 5.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. His scoring efficiency is among the very best of his career. His importance to the Jazz is immense and the team is fortunate that he is finally rounding the corner on his scary injury.
Mitchell cleared concussion protocols said he will definitely be returning tonight when the Jazz will host the Brooklyn Nets, who will be without James Harden.