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Donovan Mitchell’s Ankle Injury Broken Down By Ex-Jazz Playoff Rival Staffer

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On April 16th, Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell needed help walking off the court against the Pacers. Mitchell injured his right ankle and did not return. Mitchell’s X-rays were negative, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Per Wojnarowski, Mitchell sprained ankle, and his sources we’re optimistic, it’s not a severe injury.

After the game, Jazz coach Quin Snyder stated, they hope the injury was not series.

“Obviously we hope that it’s nothing serious,” coach Quin Snyder said, “but they’re in the process of doing everything they can do to assess that.”

The following day, Woj reported, “MRI on right ankle sprain of Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell revealed no structural damage, sources tell ESPN. He’s expected to miss several games before he’s cleared to return.”

On Tuesday, former Lakers trainer Marco Nunez weighed in on Mitchell’s injury.

“When I hear significant I am thinking a second or third degree sprain. If he is only going to be a significant as they speculated at first. The way he was feeling innitially and then the swelling went down, and he is feeling better. However, he will be re-evaluted and see where he is at, and he can return to play,” said Nunez.

“If they say it is an ankle sprain, but if they don’t say it’s a first, second, or third degree ankle sprain. If it is a first degree, he would be out one to two weeks, and if its a second or third. He could be out four to six weeks or longer. So, with them saying that is only a week it is not significant.”

Mitchell is averaging 26.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the Jazz.

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