Mitchell (foot) has been cleared to resume basketball activity, per his official Twitter account.
Mitchell was forced out of Game 5 of the Conference Semifinals against the Rockets due to a foot injury, with X-rays coming back negative. In late May, he was seen sporting a walking boot, but has apparently made significant progress since then. He'll now look to improve on his unexpectedly successful rookie campaign, where he averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 33.4 minutes. Mitchell continued to play at a high level throughout the postseason, posting 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals across 37.5 minutes per contest.
Mitchell (foot) has been sporting a walking boot recently for precautionary reasons, Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Mitchell has been in a walking boot since suffering a left foot injury in a Game 5 loss to the Rockets at the start of May. Despite the extended time in the boot, Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey confirmed Monday that it was merely a precautionary measure, so it doesn't appear to be anything that will extend into training camp or the 2018-19 campaign. The exact injury is reportedly to the webbing between Mitchell's 4th and 5th toes on his left foot and while it seems to be just a minor ailment, it's unclear exactly when he'll be back to full strength.
An X-ray on Mitchell's left foot came back negative following Tuesday's 102-112 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post reports.
The Jazz are officially listing Mitchell's injury as left foot soreness, so it appears he's avoided anything serious. He'll have more tests performed once the team returns to Salt Lake City in the coming few days and additional updates should be provided at that point in time. While it was an unfortunate end to Mitchell's season, he still established himself as a cornerstone of the Utah organization after putting together a rookie campaign where he averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.4 three-pointers across 33.4 minutes.
Mitchell suffered a leg injury late in Game 5 against the Rockets on Tuesday and was unable to return, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports. He finished the game with 24 points (9-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine assists, four rebounds and one steal across 34 minutes.
Mitchell was able to limp off the court under his own power and there's a chance he could have returned if there were more minutes left on the clock. However, with it being late in the fourth quarter, there wasn't enough time for Mitchell to get back on the floor and his season has now officially ended with the Jazz being eliminated. More information on the injury should be provided shortly, though it was overall a very impressive campaign for Mitchell, who vaulted himself into a candidate for the Rookie of the Year award alongside the 76ers' Ben Simmons.
Mitchell mustered just 10 points (4-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt), three assists and one rebound across 31 minutes during Utah's 113-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
Mitchell's shot has suddenly gone cold over the last two games, as he's drained just 10 of 37 attempts from the floor during that span. The rookie had been stellar over the Jazz's first seven playoff games, and he'd largely made up for his shooting struggles in Game 2 by dishing out 11 assists. However, he couldn't come close to approximating that level of production in any category Friday. A resurgence from Mitchell figures to be pivotal to Utah's hope of evening the series at 2-2 in Sunday's Game 4.
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