August 8, 2020, 10:55 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell (left lower leg peroneal strain) is questionable to face the Nuggets on Saturday.
Mitchell missed Friday's game along with three other starters so it was assumed to be rest but he now remains questionable even with the other starters returning. The Jazz have no reason to push him as a playoff birth is already clinched but check back for another update prior to tipoff.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
August 6, 2020, 5:44 pmJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
The Jazz will be without Donovan Mitchell (left lower leg peroneal strain), Mike Conley (right knee soreness), Royce O'Neale (right calf soreness) and Rudy Gobert (rest) for the first half of a back-to-back on Friday vs. the Spurs, so Joe Ingles is the only starter who is available.
Ingles will be joined by four bench players for Friday's contest and it can be assumed that Tony Bradley, Jordan Clarkson and Georges Niang will all join the starting lineup with either Emmanuel Mudiay or Rayjon Tucker filling in the last spot. The Jazz will have their work cut out for them without four starters so San Antonio now looks like a good bet to win the game. This seems to be a rest day for all four of them as this game is the front-end of a back-to-back.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 5, 2020, 6:45 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell has yet to shoot better than .430 in the first four games of the restart, and Wednesday's win against the Grizzlies was no different as he shot 7-of-18 from the field en route to 18 points.
Mitchell saw 38 minutes on Wednesday and was able to hit 3-of-7 from long-range but seemed to have trouble inside the arc. He pitched in with seven rebounds and six assists while he only turned the ball over once. Another disappointing stat from the Jazz' best guard was that he only got himself to the free throw line once. Mitchell is going to have to be better than this in order for Utah to make a run in the playoffs and in order for fantasy GMs to be satisfied with where they drafted him. He is currently a fifth/sixth-round value in 8/9-cat leagues.
August 4, 2020, 12:03 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell had a big night with 33 points on 9-of-22 shooting to go with five rebounds, four assists and four triples, but the Jazz lost to the Lakers 108-116 on Monday.
Mitchell was by far the best player on the Jazz tonight and it was thanks to his play that the team was even close throughout this one. After Anthony Davis nearly put away the Jazz with a four-point play, Mitchell followed up with his own. After that sequence, he ran a fastbreak that led to a wide open 3-pointer which would have put the Jazz in arms reach of the game, but Royce O'Neale couldn't connect. He should continue his strong play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
July 30, 2020, 11:03 pmJordan ClarksonPG, Utah Jazz
Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 23 points on Thursday and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Clarkson actually didn't put up a typical empty scoring line in this one. In 32 minutes, Clarkson contributed across the board and will be the main spark plug off the bench for the Jazz as they try to find more scorers to help Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley out. Clarkson should be a high-volume scorer and a useful daily play.
July 30, 2020, 10:51 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell put up a very productive line on Thursday, scoring 20 points to go with five boards, five assists, three steals, a blocked shot and two triples as the Jazz beat the Pelicans.
Mitchell was on point for most of this contest and will be counted on as the primary scorer for this Jazz team as they cope to play without Bojan Bogdanovic. Mitchell is a budding star in this league and he should be treated as such in fantasy.
July 23, 2020, 10:22 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell put up 17 points in 21 minutes during Thursday's 88-101 scrimmage loss to the Suns.
Mitchell hit 5-of-8 shots from the field while also adding four assists, a steal, a block and three triples. He'll be handling a heavy scoring load with Utah losing Bojan Bogdanovic for the restart and makes for a fine early-round selection in resumption leagues. We wouldn't read too much into any of the scrimmage numbers, but it was great to see Spida get off on the right foot, especially after testing positive for COVID-19.
July 20, 2020, 10:15 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell failed to live up to expectations in 2019-20, ending the season as a top-50 value player, despite being drafted in the top-30 range in Yahoo and ESPN.
While a top-50 finish is nothing to scoff at, drafters were hoping to get much more out of the Jazz’s blossoming young superstar. While he missed the draft-day valuation mark, Mitchell still managed to put up impressive numbers with averages of 24.2 points, 2.5 threes, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game on .453 shooting from the field. He did need to adjust to a new partner in the backcourt in Mike Conley, but the biggest obstacles at the moment for Mitchell to living up to elite combo-guard status is his underwhelming assist and steals numbers. That said, he’s maturing quite nicely and can grow into the star we know he’s capable of becoming.
June 13, 2020, 9:47 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
The NBA's star young players are looking for league-financed insurance against injuries ahead of returning to play in Orlando.
Donovan Mitchell, Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox, Kyle Kuzma and Jayson Tatum spoke with the National Basketball Players Association about facilitating talks with the NBA on insurance policies. These players are eligible for their rookie extensions at the beginning of free agency and could be at an increased risk of injury given the unprecedented restart this season. It is a reasonable conversation to have given the uncertain circumstances. The group of young players are hoping their influence will force the league to consider providing insurance for them and the rest of the players.
June 12, 2020, 10:38 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and a group of other players (including NBPA President Chris Paul and Garrett Temple) expressed their concerns about the NBA's plan to resume the the season in Orlando.
Reports in recent days have indicated that there are more than a couple NBA players scheduled to resume play when the league returns who are very concerned with the feasibility of the plan as it currently stands. Some of the players, including Anthony, have voiced their doubts as to whether or not the continuation of the NBA season next month is healthy. The group, which notably is made up of mostly players in the bottom half of the projected playoff bracket at the moment, isn't sure whether or not resuming league play is the safest, most intelligent plan that was proposed in discussions with the league. This should situation should formulate further over the weekend.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:15 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Jerry Sloan, former coach of the Jazz and a member of the Hall-of-Fame (as a coach), passed away at the age of 78 on Friday due to complications in his battle against Parkinson's Disease.
Before his illustrious career on the sidelines as a coach for the Jazz, Sloan had a solid run as a player. He made two All-Star games and was a six-time All-Defensive selection. As a coach, he racked up 1,223 victories and an impressive total of 20 playoff berths. Sloan guided the Jazz to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in the late 1990s with a roster headlined by Karl Malone and John Stockton. Unfortunately for the Jazz, they were twice beaten by Michael Jordan and the Bulls in their final two titles of the "second three-peat," which is a hot topic of conversation at the moment with the final two episodes of the Jordan documentary "The Last Dance" (where Sloan is featured throughout) airing just last Sunday. Rest in peace, Jerry Sloan.
May 5, 2020, 9:14 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Jazz VP Dennis Lindsey and the rest of the Jazz management seem quite confident that stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell will be able to work through the sizable rift they're currently facing due to Gobert's reckless and childish attitude towards COVID-19. His actions backfired when both tested positive for the virus, subsequently causing sports leagues in the United States to come to a screeching halt.
Given the large contracts of both Gobert and Mitchell, there's reason to believe they will be able to move past their personal differences. According to Lindsey, "They're ready to put this behind them, move forward, [and] act professionally." However, they were differing reports about Mitchell's willingness to reunite with his teammate. There is obviously no sure-fire way to determine if Gobert was actually the reason Mitchell contracted the virus, but the way Gobert was acting (which included lots of sarcastic touching) just prior to the outbreak in the US makes it easy to see why Mitchell had his reservations about Gobert's character. The Jazz roster is very talented and well rounded, so hopefully these two can coexist going forward.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
April 12, 2020, 7:55 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert spoke to Donovan Mitchell a few days ago and has publicly stated that both players are now focused on winning a title together.
Gobert did acknowledge that "relationships are never perfect", but he largely reoriented the conversation to both players' focus on succeeding on the court together. Some tensions may be lingering on Mitchell's end following the COVID-19 fiasco that started with Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Both players remain cornerstones for the Jazz, and like most issues, winning usually puts these sorts of problems on the backburner. Nonetheless, when basketball gets back underway it is worth monitoring the situation.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
April 10, 2020, 1:08 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
In a story from The Athletic, it's reported that the Jazz are concerned about the relationship between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
Gobert was infamously the NBA's patient zero for COVID-19, and his cavalier attitude toward the league's distancing policies prior to his positive test has not helped his public image at all. Mitchell was the only other member of the Jazz to test positive, and he has been open about being frustrated with the role Gobert played in the saga. While Jazz officials have worked to remind Mitchell that it's unknown whether Gobert gave it to him or vice versa, one anonymous source was quoted as saying their relationship "doesn't appear salvageable." That's being credited to a reluctance on Mitchell's part, and when basketball does resume this will be the biggest question that Utah has to answer.
Source: The Athletic
March 27, 2020, 12:14 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Utah Department of Health has cleared both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, meaning they no longer pose a risk of infection to others.
Both Gobert and Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19, and although Gobert mentioned that he briefly lost his senses of taste and smell, the duo seems to be fully recovered. This is great news as we wait for word on when or if the NBA season will be able to continue.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter