Fans of the Utah Jazz may be able to breathe a little easier heading into their weekends following a scary situation during Friday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers.
In the game's third quarter, Utah All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell rolled his right ankle following an awkward landing and needed to be helped off the court and into the locker room:
Donovan Mitchell got helped to the locker room after an awkward landing— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 16, 2021
Hope he's OK pic.twitter.com/SpiD0DZYqF
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports initial X-rays on the ankle were negative and that Mitchell will undergo an MRI later Friday night. Wojnarowski added the Jazz are optimistic Mitchell avoided a significant injury:
Lower ankle sprain and there's some early optimism that this isn't a major injury to Mitchell, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/dbv3PAMDbB— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2021
Jazz and Mitchell will know better the severity after the MRI tonight.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2021
Per ESPN stats, Mitchell leads the Jazz with 26.5 points per game and is second with a player efficiency rating of 21.52. Utah sits atop the Western Conference standings and improved to 42-14 with Friday's win over Indiana.