The Utah Jazz will be without their superstar guard in their Wednesday night matchup against the Houston Rockets. The team placed Donovan Mitchell in the concussion protocol this week.
Mitchell appeared to have taken a shot to the head just before halftime in Utah’s 101-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, and the symptoms became apparent after the game.
This is the play where Donovan Mitchell was hurt last night, leading to him being in the concussion protocol and out for the Jazz’s game against the Rockets tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Eb2Fd3niyi
— Sarah Todd (@NBASarah) January 19, 2022
ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news of the Jazz placing him into the concussion protocols.
The Jazz are entering Donovan Mitchell into concussion protocol, team says. Contact occurred in second quarter of loss to Lakers on Monday night.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 19, 2022
Mitchell finished the game with 13 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. As of Wednesday, he averages 25.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game.
The Utah Jazz is out to a strong start with a 29-15 record, which places them at fourth in the Western Conference. However, the Jazz will need Mitchell back as soon as possible to keep pace with the Warriors and Suns at the top of the standings and a surging Memphis Grizzlies team now occupying the third seed.
The Jazz will look for reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson, who has shined previously in big games with veteran wing Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert to fill minutes against Houston potentially.