Sports Jazz's Donovan Mitchell feeling 'fine' after hard collision with Clippers' Paul George: 'I'm thankful it wasn't bad'

11:25  11 june  2021
11:25  11 june  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Paul George , after working out together, helped convince Donovan Mitchell to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft rather than return to Louisville for his junior year. “When you have All-Stars telling you that you could be really good in this league,” Mitchell said, “I think that’ s going to raise your level [of Heavily scrutinized for his postseason performances, George shot just 4-for-17. “ I ’ m coming back with vengeance” remains a punchline. For a while tonight, Utah was the joke. The Jazz missed 20 straight shots in the first quarter and trailed by 13 at halftime. But Mitchell opened the third quarter on a 10-2

He felt even worse after his individual performance on offense and defense. Click here for more sports coverage on foxnews.com. " I didn’ t do a lot of things right for my team in the first half, and it ate at me ," Mitchell said. He scored 45 points and lifted the Jazz to a 112-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series. Mitchell imposed his will offensively after halftime, scoring 32 points to rally the Jazz from a double-digit deficit. Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 18 points apiece.

Don't worry, Jazz fans. Your favorite All-Star guard is in good spirits.

In the final seconds of Utah's 117-111 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, Donovan Mitchell ran toward Joe Ingles looking to take control of the ball. Before he reached Ingles, however, Mitchell collided with Paul George and quickly reached down toward his right leg.

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Mitchell's teammates helped him up off the court, but Mitchell didn't appear comfortable immediately putting weight on that leg. ESPN sideline reporter Cassidy Hubbarth tweeted that Mitchell later had a "visible limp" as he walked to the locker room.

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Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell didn' t feel well in the first half of Game 1 versus the Los Angeles Clippers but he delivered big time in the second half. "So, I came into halftime and just said, 'Look, I ' m just going to have to find a way.' " Jazz players expected Mitchell to step up. "We knew that in the second half Donovan was going to come out aggressive, and he did," said Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who had 10 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks, including a win-sealing swat of Marcus Morris Sr.'

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes out of bounds after being fouled by a Los Angeles Clippers player during the second half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Salt Lake City. But then Mitchell , Utah’ s two-time All-Star guard – who might have been feeling poorly, though he didn’ t play like it – came out of halftime and put his foot down, put his team on his back and led an invigorating surge back from what was a 13-point Clipper lead at halftime. In front of an appreciative, engaged sellout crowd of 18,007 – dressed in T -shirts to

As ESPN analyst Doris Burke noted on the broadcast, the obvious concern was that Mitchell had somehow reinjured his right ankle. The 24-year-old missed the Jazz's final 16 regular-season games and Game 1 of the team's first-round series against the Grizzlies while recovering from a right ankle sprain.

During his postgame media availability, Mitchell attempted to quell any concerns about his health status.

"I got hit, and it hurt. But I'm fine now," Mitchell said. "I walked in here. If you want me to sprint for you, I can. I'm good. I think the biggest thing is just, you know, s— happens. I'm thankful it wasn't bad. Move on and get ready for Game 3."

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Clippers guard Paul George , rear, goes to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first half of Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Tuesday night in Salt Lake City. Leonard and fellow All-Star Paul George combined to score 50 points in their Game 7 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon, enough to outlast Luka Doncic (46 points and 14 assists) and finally eliminate them after a tense, odd series that featured an unprecedented six…

Donovan Mitchell played sick. It looked like it in the first half, when Mitchell and the Jazz fell behind by double digits after missing 20 straight shots in a row at one point of the first quarter. " I didn' t do a lot of things right for my team in the first half, and it ate at me ," Mitchell said. Thanks to the two-time All-Star' s offensive explosion -- and their defense against Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George -- Utah heads into Thursday night' s Game 2 with a chance to hold serve at home in Salt Lake City. " I was definitely feeling (sick) a little bit, but sometimes you gotta dig into a deeper place," Mitchell said.

That's good news for the Jazz because they can't afford to lose Mitchell. They are now 6-0 in the postseason when Mitchell is available; their lone playoff loss came in that first-round series opener he missed. He scored 37 points in Game 2, making him the first Utah player with at least 35 points in back-to-back playoff games since Karl Malone did it in 1988, per ESPN Stats and Info.

If Mitchell is still feeling any pain from the hit, he won't have a ton of recovery time. Utah will head to Los Angeles for a pivotal Game 3 on Saturday.

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