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.
Donovan Mitchell (left hamstring) will be evaluated tomorrow in Salt Lake City, Jazz announce.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 26, 2022
Donovan Mitchell needs help to the locker room, seems to be in some pain pic.twitter.com/9WWT5akPto— Zach Masters (@M0untainMan28) April 26, 2022
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.