What Injury Is Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell Suffering From? When Will He Return?

Published 04/16/2021, 10:46 PM EDT
Apr 16, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) is helped off the court after suffering an apparent injury during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports


The Utah Jazz have done a lot to feel good about themselves. Their win% as of now is a 20-year high, with the last such season having come in 1998-99 during the Karl Malone and John Stockton days. Well, the new-age high-yield Stock for the WC topping Jazz is star Donovan Mitchell.

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The star point guard has enjoyed a career-best season, dropping game-winning performances every other night. However, the curse of the 2020-21 season played spoiler even on the Jazz as Spida injured himself in the outing against the Pacers.

Donovan Mitchell and his injury scare

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At first sight, the excruciating pain from the injury was visible on the face of Donovan Mitchell, and it looked extremely scary. He was guarding Pacers forward Edmond Sumner when he went off balance and landed imperfectly.

Trying to save that outlet pass cost Donovan and the Jazz massively as the star yelled in pain, taking the support of fellow starter Royce O’Neale to stay on his feet. By the time he left the court, the star already had 22 points to his name in just 21 minutes of play.

After the point-leader for the Jazz reached the locker room, the organization released a statement about the injury. They tagged it as a right ankle sprain and detailed that the X-Rays were negative.

However, an MRI on Friday night was scheduled to check the severity of the injury. On a positive note, the Jazz franchise appeared optimistic that it’s nothing major and that the star might recover soon.

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What can Utah Jazz expect in the absence of Spida?

Jazz center Rudy Gobert tries to block the shot of Nets’ Tyler Johnson at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Until now, Donovan Mitchell has played all but three games for the Jazz. The 24-YO is averaging 26.5 points, 4.4 rebs, 5.3 assists, and 1 steal per game.

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In his absence, the onus will be on the every-night double-double center Rudy Gobert and the prolific shooter in starter Mike Conley. In Spida’s absence (just in case), Jordan Clarkson might finally get an opportunity to start and share some load. 

The Jazz would not want to give away their #1 position, which took them decades to assume. Also, now that legendary Dwyane Wade has purchased ownership in the franchise, they’re bound to do good in the season and make a statement.

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Do you see Donovan Mitchell as an FMVP if the Jazz reach the NBA Finals 2021? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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