I don’t think I’ve ever been to the training room as much as I have the past two days. —Donovan Mitchell
OKLAHOMA CITY — Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell will play and start in today's Game 2 of the team's playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Jazz announced about an hour before game time.
Utah Jazz assistant coach Johnnie Bryant pushed Mitchell through a series of drills following today's shootaround at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Mitchell didn’t appear to be limping with the left foot contusion, but the first-year guard was still listed as questionable heading into the lead-up to Game 2 before being cleared.
“I’m real determined on playing but if my body can’t, I’m not going to push it now and then not be available the rest of the series,” Mitchell said. “I think it’s a matter of being smart with it as well as understanding that I do want to play so it’s tough for me because I want to play through anything, but I’ve got to be smart with it as well.”
Mitchell said he stubbed his toe in Sunday’s playoff debut after being tripped up on a driving layup in the third quarter.
He exploded for 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds but couldn’t finish the game as the Jazz fell to OKC, 116-108. He said he felt “pretty good” during shootaround but will ultimately make his final decision after going through more pregame work before the tipoff.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been to the training room as much as I have the past two days,” Mitchell said. “Just nonstop treatment, just continuing to work on it, even while I’m sleeping, and just finding ways to make sure I can recover as fast as possible.”