Jazz star Donovan Mitchell will miss Sunday’s Game 1 against the Grizzlies despite being cleared to return earlier in the day, the team announced (Twitter link). Mitchell is recovering from a sprained ankle.
“I’m ready to go tonight,” Mitchell said after the team’s shootaround. “No pain. I’m excited to get going.”
Mitchell has missed over a month due to the injury and was cleared for full practice last Thursday. While he declared himself ready to return to action, it seems the team has decided to hold him out a little longer.
“There’s always going to be soreness when you come back from an injury like this,” Mitchell acknowledged. “There are things that haven’t been activated in five weeks, but I feel good.”
Mitchell averaged 26.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in a career-best season this year. Despite his late-season absence, Utah still finished with the best record in the league at 52-20 and has games against Memphis on Wednesday, Saturday and next Monday in the series.