Quin Snyder not worried about Donovan Mitchell’s injury after stellar performance
Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell bounced back from a left foot contusion suffered in Game 1 of the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, evening up the series at 1-1 after a 28-point performance to lead all scorers.
Head coach Quin Snyder showed no concerns about his injury, despite him being a game-time decision entering Game 2.
“If he was feeling something, he didn’t show it,” Snyder said of Mitchell, according to Kyle Goon of The Salt Lake Tribune. “When he really got aggressive going to the rim, some other things opened up.”
Mitchell was spectacular, playing the most minutes in the rotation and making 10-of-25 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the stripe — keeping that aggressive mentality he showed in Game 1 after posting 27 points and 10 rebounds.
The rookie shooting guard didn’t seem to be bothered by the injury, but his very own teammate, Rudy Gobert, let him know not to get complacent.
“There was just a point where I stopped being aggressive, The big thing with Rudy, he let me know I went 0-for-7 from three, and I’m letting guys off the hook. I gotta keep applying pressure and getting to the rim.”
As expected, the Thunder didn’t have the favorable hot-shooting they boasted in Game 1 and shot only 40 percent for the game, putting the trademark Utah Jazz defense in full display, this time for a full 48 minutes.
“Tonight’s just one of those nights you saw how connected we were,” Mitchell said. “I just think the way we bounced back and responded as a unit… everyone’s engaged and kind of giving information. And that’s the kind of connectivity coach is talking about.”