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Utah Jazz PG Donovan Mitchell has reportedly declined the invite to join the 12-man Team USA roster, opting to rest and rehab his right ankle injury, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
The All-Star PG for the Utah Jazz will not lend his talents to the Team USA roster, using the offseason to rest and rehab his right ankle. The fourth-year point guard out of the University of Lousiville had a spectacular season, averaging 26.4 points and 5.2 assists per game. He also balled out against the Los Angeles Clippers during the Western Conference Semifinals but was unable to lift the Jazz over Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, losing four consecutive games after winning their first two.
Donovan Mitchell totaled 39 points (12-27 FG, 9-15 3PT, 6-9 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists, and one steal in the Jazz’s 131-119 loss to the Clippers on Friday.
Mitchell scored 39.0 points in the Jazz’s series semifinal finale loss to the Jazz, ending the series averaging 37.7 minutes, 34.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.0 steals per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 45.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Donovan Mitchell totaled 21 points (6-19 FG, 4-14 3PT, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and one steal in the Jazz’s 119-111 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
Mitchell hopes to play after the Jazz’s win over the Clippers in Game Five. With him being a game-time decision, it isn't easy to plan how to navigate these waters of deciding whether to roster this incredible talent. If he plays, there is a chance that he could produce an effort we have been accustomed to since the beginning of his playoff run. Even if held to a minute count, Mitchell could do enough damage to justify the investment at possible low ownership. But those possible scenarios may not be enough to make that call. It could be more beneficial to target other players on the team that could benefit from him being less than 100.0 percent or out of the game completely.
Donovan Mitchell totaled 37 points (9-26 FG, 6-15 3PT, 13-15 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and one steal in the Jazz’s 118-104 loss to the Clippers on Monday.
Mitchell prepares for Game Five after the Jazz's loss to the Clippers in Game Four. He once again put up an elite scoring line, but unlike the first two games of the series has not been able to lead his team to victory. Mitchell will look to exploit a vulnerable Clippers' team as they go home to reclaim the lead in this series. He has yet to show any signs of ending his "tear" tour, which bodes well for us in any fantasy format; however, it does seem as if he has hit a ceiling in his production that could lead to the under optimization of one's fantasy roster. Despite this, Mitchell is one of the top plays on the slate seemingly every night and could potentially access a new fantasy-production level in this series.
Donovan Mitchell totaled 30 points (11-24 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-5 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the Jazz’s 132-106 loss to the Clippers on Saturday.
Mitchell will look to “recover” after the Jazz’s loss to the Clippers in Game Three. Even though the team fell, Mitchell’s scoring “tear” was all but impeded as he scored 30.0 points while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. If it had not been for his right ankle pain, this might have been his best scoring performance of the season. Tonight will more than likely be another high-volume night for Mitchell, barring any injury setbacks, but it could also be an inefficient effort that could lead to his first “human-level” performance. Mitchell is still a fine fantasy play, but it could be challenging for him tonight with the Clippers starting to warm up offensively and the Jazz losing some of the playoff momenta that has helped them up to this point.