Player News - Jazz

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Donovan Mitchell (bruised left foot) finished Wednesday's road win with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-25 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 43 minutes.

Mitchell was a game-time decision after MRIs were negative for structural damage, but you couldn't tell he was injured by watching him play. He was instrumental in turning a 10-point deficit into a lead in the fourth quarter, and continues to reach new heights in his rookie season -- he and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players to score 27+ points in their first two playoff appearances. He's unreal.
Apr 18 - 10:58 PM

Derrick Favors set multiple postseason highs on Wednesday with 20 points and 16 rebounds, adding three assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and one turnover in 37 minutes.

Favors had six offensive rebounds in the first half alone, finishing with eight boards on the offensive glass. He's having a solid season for Utah after battling injuries in recent years, and has quieted concerns about his ability to share the frontcourt with Rudy Gobert. Tonight's impressive 102-95 victory ties things up at 1-1 as the series shifts to Utah for Game 3.
Apr 18 - 10:57 PM

Ricky Rubio was terrific on Wednesday with 22 points on 6-of-16 shooting, nine assists, seven rebounds and one steal in a Game 2 victory at OKC.

Rubio launched 18 shots in Utah's Game 1 defeat, which tied the third-most attempts he had in any regular season game this year. He wasn't shy tonight, either, and connected on 5-of-6 free throws while knocking down five 3-pointers. The triples tied Rubio's season high and helped Utah escape with a series-tying victory, despite the rest of the roster combining for 4-of-21 shooting from downtown. So far, so good for Rubio in his first postseason run.
Apr 18 - 10:56 PM

Rudy Gobert piled up 13 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 33 minutes of action vs. OKC on Wednesday.

Gobert began the game 2-of-6 from the FT line but he made them when it mattered most, finishing 7-of-12 at the stripe. His job got easier with Steven Adams playing only 22 minutes due to foul trouble, before fouling out in the fourth quarter, and the battle at center remains a key to the series. Gobert shot just 54.4% on the road this season, compared to 68.8% during home games, so we're expecting some big performances in Games 3 and 4.
Apr 18 - 10:55 PM

Donovan Mitchell (bruised left foot) will start Game 2 on Wednesday.

Utah's star rookie briefly exited Game 1 due to "left foot soreness" but an MRI was negative and he should see another heavy workload tonight. There's a bit of risk here, but don't hesitate to fire him up in DFS.
Apr 18 - 7:10 PM

Donovan Mitchell (foot) is going through warmups for Game 2 on Wednesday.

He's a game-time decision, but most believe he is going to play in this huge contest. Mitchell went through shootaround this morning and he will have to test his foot out before the game. If he is limited, Royce O'Neale would likely have to see more minutes.
Apr 18 - 6:07 PM

Donovan Mitchell (bruised left foot) went through portions of Tuesday's practice and he remains questionable for Game 2.

It's unclear whether Mitchell took contact but he was spotted taking pull-up jumpers off the dribble, which bodes well. He's dismissed the possibility that he'll miss Game 2 but it looks like he could be headed for a game-time decision. We'll know more after Utah's shootaround on Wednesday.
Apr 17 - 3:53 PM

Donovan Mitchell's MRI revealed a bruised left foot and his status for Game 2 will be determined on Tuesday.

An initial report from ESPN's Chris Haynes stated that Mitchell would play in Game 2, and Mitchell himself downplayed the ailment as a "stubbed toe," but his status hasn't yet been officially determined. Utah will need Mitchell at his best to even the series at 1-1 on Wednesday, and it would be shocking if this contusion forces him to sit out. When asked if he thinks he'll be limited at all going forward, Mitchell replied, "No."
Apr 16 - 2:54 PM

MRI results were negative on Donovan Mitchell's left foot and he will play in Game 2 vs. the Thunder on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

The Jazz get a few days off before playing on Wednesday and the organization can breathe a sigh of relief, as their prized rookie seems to have suffered a minor injury during Game 1. The official designation was "left foot soreness" and Mitchell dismissed the injury as having "stubbed [his] toe," adding that he only exited the game because Utah's training staff noticed him limping. We'll have more updates in the coming days, but it appears the Rookie of the Year candidate will be ready to go for Game 2.
Apr 16 - 1:17 AM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles hit 5-of-9 shots with three 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Sunday, finishing with 13 points, two rebounds and one assist.

Utah's defense was unusually porous during their Game 1 loss in OKC, and they had a particularly tough time checking Paul George, who scored 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting. And when George was asked about his defensive assignment vs. Ingles, he replied, "Just pressure him. It's very, very unlikely [Ingles] will beat me off the dribble. I'll take my chances in the foot speed." As long as PG-13 is draped on him defensively, it'll be hard for Ingles to have any big games in this series.
Apr 16 - 12:41 AM

Rudy Gobert played 35 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Thunder, finishing with 14 points (6-of-8 FGs, 2-of-6 FTs), seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

Gobert averaged a modest 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks in two regular-season games vs. OKC this season, and he was similarly muted tonight. Steven Adams' physicality makes him one of the tougher matchups for Gobert, who also battled with foul trouble in the second half. Expect the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner to have a better overall performance when Utah tries to even the series at 1-1 on Wednesday.
Apr 15 - 9:26 PM

Alec Burks scored 10 points in two minutes vs. OKC on Sunday, going 4-of-4 from the field with two 3-pointers and two rebounds.

Burks checked in late with the game essentially out of reach, and he helped spark an unlikely rally to bring Utah within seven points with under a minute remaining. They fell short but Burks' hot play at least gives coach Quin Snyder something to think about prior to Game 2. He's still unlikely to crack the rotation unless Donovan Mitchell's left foot injury ultimately limits him.
Apr 15 - 9:24 PM

Ricky Rubio made his postseason debut on Sunday with 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block in 31 minutes.

Rubio's 41.8% shooting this season was actually a career high, as was his 35.2% shooting from deep, but the Thunder were more than happy to have him launch the second-most shots of any Jazz player tonight. Rubio is in his seventh NBA season and he's played at the highest levels internationally, of course, so the playoff spotlight won't faze him -- and if his shots had fallen tonight, this would have been a tremendous overall stat line.
Apr 15 - 9:24 PM

Donovan Mitchell exited Sunday's game due to "left foot soreness," but he returned to finish with 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting, 10 boards, three assists, three 3-pointers, two steals and one block in 35 minutes.

Utah lost the game but the bigger issue is Mitchell's health going forward in the series. X-rays were negative on his left pinkie toe but he was limited once checking back in during the fourth quarter, and eventually left for good with the game out of reach. The good news is that coach Quin Snyder expects Mitchell to be ready for Game 2, Mitchell said he feels "fine ... just stubbed [his] toe," and Utah has two days off before playing on Wednesday. Despite the late injury, Mitchell finishes as the first player since LeBron James to have 25+ points and 10+ rebounds in a postseason debut. We should have multiple updates on his status over the next 48 hours.
Apr 15 - 9:20 PM

Donovan Mitchell was examined in Utah's locker room for an apparent foot injury on Sunday, but he has since returned.

Crisis averted. It's unclear when Mitchell got hurt but the Jazz should provide an update soon after the game.
Apr 15 - 8:26 PM


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