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Mitchell scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and was absolutely unstoppable. He’s also a rookie.

Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points on 10-of-25 shooting to lead the Jazz to a Game 2 road win against the Thunder on Wednesday. He scored 13 points in the fourth quarter alone to turn a 10-point deficit into a 102-95 victory.

Mitchell may not win Rookie of the Year. That award just might have Ben Simmons’s name written all over it. But the Jazz rookie has been everything and more for a Utah team now in position to defend home court and take command of their first-round series back in Salt Lake City.

Mitchell scored 20 points altogether in the second half. In a telling sequence for the Jazz guard, he spun around Patrick Patterson for a smooth layup before spinning off of Paul George for a floater shortly after.


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On another possession in the fourth quarter, he froze...
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, remote control in hand as he sits in the spacious, state-of-the-art film room at the team's practice facility, rewinds the clip of Donovan Mitchell drilling a corner 3-pointer, replaying it a couple times on the large projector screen. Snyder then poses a ...

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OKLAHOMA CITY — After a stellar playoff debut, Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell’s status for Game 2 is currently unclear.

An MRI has revealed a left foot contusion after Mitchell went off for 27 points and 10 rebounds in Utah’s Game 1 loss to Oklahoma City, 116-108, on Sunday.

“I can walk. I’m good. I’m not limping,” Mitchell said during Monday’s practice. “I think tomorrow will be the deciding factor but I feel fine right now.”

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Mitchell believes he stubbed his toe to injure the foot during a driving layup where he challenged Alex Abrines around 3:48 in the third quarter and got tripped up.

He originally felt soreness so he had an X-ray performed during the game that came back negative followed by the MRI.

Mitchell said he hasn’t tried to run on his the foot yet, as the Jazz will have a couple days to rest between games.

“Naw, there is no need to,” Mitchell said. “Right now we don’t play for two days so we don’t need to try it.”

Jazz coach Quin Snyder decided to yank Mitchell for the final 3:19 of Sunday’s loss for fear or severely injuring the foot. The team has confidence that the league’s top scoring rookie will suit up if he can.

“Don’t really know right now. He’s fine in the sense that he’s not injured in any way but I think there’s the question of hurting and we won’t know that until a couple days,” Snyder said. “It happened during the game and he was feeling it during the game but we just have to wait and see how he’s doing.

“Everybody’s banged up but if he’s more than banged up he won’t be able to play, but if he can play I’m sure he’ll play.”

Mitchell will make his decision soon as Game 2 is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday in OKC.

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Snyder, who in Austin began to collect the ashes of his own broken career and systematically rebuild it over most of a decade, is now the coach of the NBA's Utah Jazz, a team that opened a playoff series Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. And more impressive than pushing the team into the ...

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The difference between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder comes in the form of star power. Quin Snyder’s group is led by Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell — two players serving the roles of subtle stars. To anybody who regularly pays attention to this Jazz team, the subtle stardom isn’t so subtle. Gobert is integral to the team’s offensive efficiency and clearly leads what’s typically the best defensive execution in the NBA. While Mitchell will eventually be an overt star in this league, the rookie has more consistency of a subtle star on the rise.

In Game 1 in Oklahoma City, the Thunder reminded everybody of how overwhelming overt stardom can be. Instead of Russell Westbrook acting as a battering ram into the heart of the Jazz defense, we saw a much more balanced attack. Paul George, Westbrook’s running mate, dropped eight 3-pointers on the night as he totaled 36 points to lead the Thunder in their 116-108 victory to take a 1-0 series lead. If it’s even possible, Westbrook flanked him with a quiet 29 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists.

That overt stardom proved to be too much for the Jazz. Gobert had a solid game defensively, but nothing resembling his Defensive Player of the Year award case. Mitchell looked incredible in his playoff debut, but a pinky toe injury took him out of the end of the night with the game mostly in hand. Ricky Rubio’s 5-of-18 shooting night looked more like the rookie shooting that plagued his scouting report, as the Thunder essentially begged him to beat them.

Prior to Game 1, George wanted to remind the media of “Playoff P,” his postseason alter ego that apparently torches wing corps. A few people laughed at the notion, especially early on when the Jazz jumped out to a double-digit lead. Once George found his rhythm within the flow of the game, it didn’t really matter what the Jazz did to defend him. Playoff P had a flamethrower in his hands. He took off-balanced shots in which his own screening teammate leaned into...