Sport Jazz G Mitchell has left foot bruise, uncertain for Game 2

00:40  17 april  2018
00:40  17 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 15: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz watches game action against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of Game One of the Western Conference in the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 15, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images) © Provided by Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 15: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz watches game action against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of Game One of the Western Conference in the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 15, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has a left foot contusion, and his status is uncertain for Game 2 of the Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Mitchell left Oklahoma City's 116-108 win Game 1 on Sunday after stubbing his toe in the third quarter, and he played sporadically the rest of the way. A team spokesman said Mitchell had an MRI on Monday, and the team will provide a status update on Tuesday.

Mitchell is one of the league's top rookies. He averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists during the regular season. He had 27 points and 10 rebounds in Game 1.

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With the Thunder teetering, Paul George free agency gets interesting .
Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz are better than anyone expected, and if anyone is analyzing the Utah-Oklahoma City series strictly based on top-to-bottom talent and matchups, a Thunder loss really shouldn't be that shocking. It's the context that complicates everything. After Sam Presti stole Paul George from the Pacers in July and added Carmelo Anthony in September, everyone expected bigger things in OKC. Even when the regular season produced more adversity than expected, the popular refrain was to remind any skeptics that this top-heavy team was built for the playoffs. When rotations shortened and talent mattered most, the Thunder were supposed to be twice as dangerous. It just isn't happening. And aside from the very real advantages that shouldn't be understated on Utah's side—cohesion on both ends, Mitchell hitting huge shots, Rudy Gobert as the 7'2" French chess piece altering every shot within 10 feet of the rim—the bigger picture in this series is an embarrassing upset that borders on disaster for OKC. We're watching a reigning MVP and a Thunder franchise that supposedly won the offseason and reinvented itself as a contender. They're on the verge of losing to a Utah team that lost its franchise player and had to bet its season on the progress of a rookie point guard, the redemption of Ricky Rubio, and the emergence of Joe Ingles.

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