Jazz clear 'frustrated' Donovan Mitchell to play in Game 2 vs. Grizzlies

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A day after dropping Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Utah Jazz announced on Monday that Donovan Mitchell is available for Game 2.

Mitchell missed the last 16 games of the regular season with a right high-ankle sprain. He told reporters Sunday morning that he didn't feel any pain and was "ready to go" for Game 1, but Jazz medical staff ruled him out after shootaround. 

Memphis won Sunday's game 112-109. Mitchell told reporters on Monday that he was "definitely frustrated and upset" over being sidelined for Game 1.

"Excuse my language, but we've got s*** to handle," Mitchell said. 

Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday night. 

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers in the first half during an NBA basketball game Friday, April 16, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Donovan Mitchell is clear to play in Game 2. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Will Utah get back on track with Mitchell back?

Utah's offense struggled for much of Sunday's game in Mitchell's absence. A team that shot 38.9% while connecting on a league-best 16.7 3-pointers per game during the regular season shot 12 for 47 (25.5%) from beyond the arc in Sunday's loss. 

Pressure will intensify for the Jazz on Wednesday as they risk dropping to an 0-2 series deficit at home as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The Jazz opened as 8.5-point favorites upon the news of Mitchell's return with an over/under set at 217.5.

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