After hurting ankle, Mitchell says he'll be ready for Game 4 | Inquirer Sports
Close  

After hurting ankle, Mitchell says he’ll be ready for Game 4

/ 11:24 PM June 13, 2021
Donovan Mitchell Jazz

FILE – Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz sits on the ground after being fouled by Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers in Game Two of the Western Conference second-round playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena on June 10, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

Nagging pain in his right ankle won’t stop Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell from suiting up for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mitchell scored 30 points in 32 minutes for the top-seeded Jazz but missed the final seven minutes of Saturday’s 132-106 loss after tweaking the ankle.

ADVERTISEMENT

Game 4 is Monday night at Los Angeles, and he insisted he’ll be ready to play.

“It’s been just trying to manage it,” Mitchell said. “I don’t really know what else to tell you. I don’t want to say too much. It was just the landing, but I’m good. I’ll be ready for Game 4.”

FEATURED STORIES

Mitchell says he could have come back into Saturday’s game, but the lopsided score made it pointless.

“I feel like I was able to go back, but no need to risk it down 16, 18 at that point,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell missed the final 16 games of the regular season and Utah’s playoff opener with a sprain in the same ankle.

He appeared to re-injure the ankle with seven minutes remaining and left the contest. The Clippers took advantage by scoring 10 straight points, making it 116-95 with 5:22 left.

Mitchell was pleading with Jazz coach Quin Snyder during the latter portion of the Los Angeles run to let him go back into the game but was turned down.

“He could have gone back in the game, but at that point, the lead had stretched,” Snyder said. “In fact, while we were talking, I think Kawhi (Leonard) hit a 3. That was my decision not to put him back in at that point. The game had gotten away from us at that point, but he’s fine.”

Mitchell, who is averaging 32.3 points per game in the playoffs, joined Utah legend Karl Malone as the lone players in franchise history to score at least 30 points in five straight postseason contests. Malone did it six straight times (three in 1995, three in 1996).

RELATED STORIES

Clippers rout Jazz, claw back into semis series

Mitchell drops 37 as Jazz go 2-0 vs Clippers

Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Donovan Mitchell, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA playoffs, Utah Jazz
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.