Jazz's Donovan Mitchell insists he is fine after late injury scare
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Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell was in pain toward the end of Game 2 versus the Los Angeles Clippers as he reached to his troublesome ankle that kept him out for over a month. However, Mitchell managed to finish the game, which the Jazz won 117-111 to take a 2-0 lead over the Clippers.
"I got hit and it hurt, but I'm fine now," Mitchell said after his 37-point performance, per ESPN. "I walked in here. If you want me to sprint for you, I can. I'm good. You know, s--- happens. Thankfully, it wasn't bad. Move on and get ready for Game 3." Jazz star guard Jordan Clarkson gave credit to Mitchell for the way he played in Game 2.
"He's just stepping up in a big way," said Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, the Sixth Man of the Year who had 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Game 2. "He's been a real superstar, MVP-caliber player, All-NBA type of guy. That's his job, and that's what he does." The Clippers fell short in their attempt to clinch a comeback win versus the Jazz.
"I think we got a bit stagnant in it, kind of looking at Donovan to make a play each time," said Jazz forward Joe Ingles, who had 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
Mitchell trusts his teammates
"I don't feel like I have to go out there and do everything," Mitchell said.
"I think that's a credit to my teammates, credit to the guys that we have on this team. They can go out there and make plays. ... I don't feel like I have to go up there, walk it up, do everything. There are times where I will have to do that.
That's just part of my job, but for me, it's great to have a group of guys that trust you and you trust. You just go out there and play and have fun." Meanwhile, Clippers' Kawhi Leonard said he's up to the challenge after falling in a 2-0 hole versus the Jazz.
"We all got to put our will out on the floor," Leonard said of what it will take for the Clippers to duplicate their first-round comeback. "You know, see what we did in the first two games and try to limit our mistakes and just keep going on from there pretty much.
"We'll see [on Friday] what we got to do, and we've got a lot of fight left. So you know, we're up for the challenge."