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The Utah Jazz are in a tricky spot in terms of rookie guard Donovan Mitchell. The workforce is down 1-Zero of their collection in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, and whereas it’s not the top of the world if the Jazz lose on Wednesday evening as a result of the collection nonetheless has to shift again to Utah, no workforce desires to be in a 2-Zero gap.

This may imply Mitchell, who has been the workforce’s greatest offensive participant this 12 months, could be leaned on fairly closely to counteract the two-headed monster of Paul George and Russell Westbrook. The issue is that Mitchell has a foot damage, and he believes that he must do the sensible factor in terms of managing his bum wheel.

Mitchell spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon and burdened that whereas he desires to play in Sport 2, he doesn’t wish to be ready the place he could make his damage worse and harm his workforce going ahead.

“I’m actual decided on enjoying but when my physique can’t, I’m not going to push it from time to time not be obtainable the remainder of the collection,” Mitchell mentioned, based on Eric Woodyard of Deseret Information. “I feel it’s a matter of being sensible with it in addition to understanding that I do wish to play so it’s robust for me as a result of I wish to play by means of something, however I’ve obtained to be sensible with it as properly.”

That is objectively method from Mitchell — if he has to overlook time as a consequence of his foot, it’s higher for him to overlook one recreation in Oklahoma Metropolis than it’s for him to doubtlessly miss an prolonged time period, particularly if that features some video games in Utah. It’s completely attainable that he performs on Wednesday evening and this damage isn’t one thing that stops him from having to take a seat out in any respect, but when Mitchell has to take a seat out in order that he can get wholesome, he appears ready to just do that.

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