Kia Rookie of the Year candidate and star Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell injured his left pinky toe in the second half during his playoff debut for the Utah Jazz at the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, it appears the injury won’t sideline him for Game 2 of the series.
ESPN’s Royce Young and Chris Haynes report the MRI on the toe came back negative — as did X-rays he had on it Sunday:
Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell will play in Game 2 on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder after an MRI on his left foot came back negative, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Mitchell left Sunday’s Game 1 in the fourth quarter to get an X-ray on the foot before returning and playing through some apparent pain in the Jazz’s 116-108 loss.
“I just stubbed my toe,” Mitchell said. “Nothing major.”
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said all signs point to Mitchell being ready for Game 2 on Wednesday.
“The doctors cleared him, so I put him back in the game, but when I saw him, it looked to me that he was feeling it a little bit and just wanted to make sure, so I took him out and just confirmed it,” Snyder said. “And then he went back. Everything that we know right now, he’s fine. I’m sure he’ll undergo further imaging, and we’ll update that tomorrow.”
The rookie returned in the fourth quarter but was noticeably hobbling, yet he finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Mitchell became the first rookie since to finish with 25-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in a playoff debut on the road since Tim Duncan in 1998 (32 points, 10 rebounds vs. Suns on April 23, 1998).