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Donovan Mitchell expects to return for Game 1 of Utah’s playoff series

by Isla
Donovan Mitchell expects to return for Game 1 of Utah’s playoff series

The Jazz could get a huge boost in their first game of the 2021 postseason. 

According to the team’s website, star guard Donovan Mitchell said that, “barring any setbacks,” he hopes to be on the court Sunday when his team faces off against either the Warriors or the Grizzlies. 

“The goal is to be out there and helping my teammates to try and win a championship,” Mitchell said. “That’s been the goal all year.”

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Mitchell has been out of the Jazz’s lineup since spraining his right ankle against the Pacers on April 16, missing the final 16 games of the regular season. 

It was another standout campaign for the fourth-year guard out of Louisville. Mitchell wrapped up the regular season averaging 26.4 points, 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game to help lead Utah to its fourth straight postseason appearance. 

The team’s website said that he participated in a full practice on Thursday, and Mitchell said he felt like it went well. 

“I got out there and competed,” Mitchell said. “You could tell it was my first time in four or five weeks, but that’s to be expected. Just trying to find ways to get back in a groove, get back in full shape. I feel like I’m getting there. Things are progressing well.”

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