5/16/21, 1:13 AM
Bottom Line: Good chance to return during 1st week of playoffs. Full performance levels expected. 40% elevated re-injury risk.
Mitchell sustained a severe-appearing lateral ankle sprain (low ankle sprain) on April 16. The Jazz will open the playoffs on May 22, a full 5 weeks after the injury. Average time missed in the NBA for these ankle sprains is 3 weeks, but the video of Donovan Mitchell’s ankle suggests a relatively high severity injury. Given that, it’s not surprising to see him ruled out for the final week of the regular season to get in some extra recovery time.
He’s going to be re-evaluated before the playoffs, and there’s a good chance he’s able to return within the first week of postseason play. When he’s out there, we wouldn’t expect to see a decrease in level of play, but unfortunately he will carry a re-injury risk 40% higher than NBA players without a recent ankle issue.
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