Donovan Mitchell Diagnosed With Quad Contusions

1:37pm: Although the MRI on Mitchell’s hamstring came back negative, he has been diagnosed with bi-lateral quadriceps contusions, the Jazz announced today. He’ll continue to receive treatment and his status for Game 6 will be updated on Wednesday, according to the team.

There’s optimism that Mitchell will be able to play on Thursday, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

7:01am: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who left Monday’s Game 5 loss to the Mavericks in the fourth quarter due to a left hamstring injury, will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, tweets Tony Jones of The Athletic.

Mitchell’s departure made a bad night even worse for the Jazz, who trailed by 28 points when the All-Star guard exited with just 4:41 left in the game. Utah eventually lost by a score of 102-77 to fall behind 3-2 in the series. The Jazz also entered the NBA record books by making just 3-of-30 three-point attempts.

As John Hollinger of The Athletic observes (via Twitter), even a relatively mild hamstring strain generally results in a two-week absence, which doesn’t bode well for Mitchell’s availability on Thursday.

However, when asked about whether he expects to play in Game 6, Utah’s leading scorer replied, “I’ll be fine,” as Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune tweets. Mitchell explained to reporters that his hamstring tightened up on him in the fourth quarter.

Probably,” Mitchell said when asked if he expected to be in pain over the coming days (Twitter link via Walden). “But this is the playoffs, so I’ll find a way. We’ll see how I feel. I’m a competitor.”

Even if Mitchell is able to suit up on Thursday, it sounds like he may not be at 100%, which would be bad news for the Jazz. The 25-year-old was already struggling to score efficiently against Dallas — he has shot just 37.9% from the field and 19.5% from beyond the arc through the series’ first five games, requiring 23.2 field goal attempts per game to average 26.0 PPG.

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