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Donovan Mitchell set to play in Game 6 vs. Mavericks

The Jazz guard injured his hamstring late in the Game 5 loss to Dallas on Monday.

2022 NBA Playoffs - Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks
Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz dribbles the ball during Round 1 Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks on April 25, 2022 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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April 27 update: Mitchell said he plans to play in Game 6 against the Mavericks with the Jazz down 3-2. We’ll get an official ruling on Mitchell before the game but the guard appears ready to suit up.

Update: The Jazz released a statement on the status of Mitchell on Tuesday after he was evaluated for a hamstring injury. Mitchell’s MRI came back negative, so that’s good news. The team did not give a designation for Mitchell heading into Game 6, which is on Thursday. The Jazz will provide another update on Mitchell’s injury status on Wednesday.

Update: The Jazz announced Mitchell suffered a hamstring injury at the end of Game 5. He’ll be evaluated further when the team gets back to Utah.

Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks just went from bad to worse for the Utah Jazz, who saw star guard Donovan Mitchell go to the locker room in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.

At this point, the game was essentially over with Utah trailing by nearly 30 points in the final period. There was little reason to have Mitchell on the floor, adding more frustration to the situation on the part of Jazz fans. Utah does have an extra day to recover with Game 6 set for Thursday, but that video does not look promising for Mitchell. He’ll likely carry some sort of injury designation into Game 6.

With Mitchell hobbled, look for Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson to be more assertive. The former has been a shell of himself in the playoffs, and the Jazz will really need his veteran presence at home if Mitchell cannot play.