Jazz Evade Major Scare, Mitchell Out for “Several Games” with Injury
On the same day Dwyane Wade was announced as the team’s new minority owner, the Utah Jazz nearly suffered a season-altering scare.
In the third quarter of a 119-111 victory over the Indiana Pacers, All-Star point guard Donovan Mitchell landed awkwardly on his ankle in an effort to deflect a pass. The 24-year old phenom was helped off the court by his teammates and would not return for the remainder of the night. X-rays returned negative giving the Jazz some early optimism following last night’s win.
Earlier this morning, Mitchell’s MRI showed no structural damage and Mitchell is only expected to miss “several games before being cleared” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. In his absence, the Jazz will lean more heavily on Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson as they look to continue to hold onto the number one seed in the Western Conference.
The two-time All-Star is in the midst of a career year, averaging 26.4 points and 5.2 assists per game, while shooting at a career best 38.6 percent from long range.