Mitchell had been working his way back and had hoped to be ready for a return for Game 1 of the first round Sunday against the Grizzlies, but it appears that will be game 17 in a row missed, a story broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and soon after confirmed by the team.
Donovan Mitchell is out tonight (right ankle sprain).
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) May 23, 2021
Utah went 10-6 after Mitchell went down, with a league-best +11.4 net rating and a top 10 offense and defense — the Jazz kept winning without him.
Mitchell averaged 26.4 points and 5.2 assists a game this season, shooting 38.6% from 3, and was an All-Star this season.
The Jazz style still favors them against the Grizzlies — Ja Morant creates by driving and kicking out, but with Rudy Gobert back that’s a challenge — but it will be more difficult to create offense without Mitchell.