Ryan McDonald: Grayson Allen getting the start for the Jazz tonight. “Hopefully I’ll step up and play a lot of minutes, take advantage of the opportunity that’s there. Obviously hope Donovan will be back quickly, but while he’s not, just make the most of my opportunity,” he said at shootaround
Tony Jones: Donovan Mitchell (hamstring tightness) will miss tomorrow night's matchup against Memphis. He underwent an MRI, which was negative
Tony Jones: Have gotten some questions concerning Donovan Mitchell's IG story, which showed his left foot in a boot. Sources say there is no new injury. The boot is precautionary and everything is fine
The Jazz later said Mitchell had exited with left foot soreness. X-rays were negative, and he will undergo further tests when the team returns to Salt Lake City. The Jazz do not believe that Mitchell's injury is serious, team sources told ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
Royce Young: Mitchell is hobbled after that steal by Harden. Just grabbed at the back of his left calf it looked like.
Kyle Goon: Donovan Mitchell is headed to the locker room with a trainer under each arm, walking tenderly. This is a nightmare for the Jazz.
Tim MacMahon: Donovan Mitchell on his ankle: "It's fine. There's no problem at all. I'm 100 percent."
“So far” implies more to come, and with the Jazz even with Oklahoma City at one game apiece, there’s at least three left to Utah’s — and Mitchell’s — surprising season. “If he was feeling something, he didn’t show it,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Mitchell. “When he really got aggressive going to the rim, some other things opened up.”
Royce Young: Donovan Mitchell is going to go through his warmup routine, and then will make a decision, per Quin Snyder. Snyder says he’s “hopeful” Mitchell will play.
Kyle Goon: Quin Snyder says Donovan Mitchell still has to go through a warmup routine with trainer Mike Elliott. He's hopeful because Mitchell has improved in the last few days.
Eric Woodyard: Donovan Mitchell on playing Game 2: “I’m real determined on playing but if my body can’t, I’m not going to push it now and not be available the rest of the series. I think it’s a matter of being smart with it.”
Andy Larsen: Donovan Mitchell on how the injury happened: "It was the layup in the second half, and I kind of stubbed my toe on Abrines."
Chris Haynes: Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell underwent an MRI on his left foot and the results came back negative, league sources tell ESPN. He will play in Game 2 on Wednesday.
Shams Charania: Sources: X-rays on Utah star Donovan Mitchell's left pinky toe returned negative. Mitchell is fighting through injury in OKC.
Tony Jones: The next two days will be important for Donovan Mitchell...Hearing he fought through "major pain" in order to return to this game. So, getting treatment is going to be critical for his health going forward in this series
Brett Dawson: Donovan Mitchell had soreness in his foot and got an x-ray, Quin Snyder says. Looked like he was hurting, so they took him out, confirmed he was OK, then put him back in. "Everything that we know, he's fine" for Game 2.
Eric Woodyard: Donovan Mitchell is doubtful with flu-like symptoms tonight. Alec Burks will start in his place.
Eric Woodyard: Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is questionable tomorrow in OKC with a right great toe contusion. Derrick Favors is also questionable with a concussion.
Jody Genessy: Donovan Mitchell (right hamstring tightness) doubtful Wednesday after not practicing today. Raul Neto (left quad tightness) is questionable.
May 28, 2023 | 12:26 pm EDT Update
Sasha Vezenkov on NBA opportunity: I will decide how to continue when the time comes
Sasha Vezenkov’s future is most likely tied with the NBA and the Sacramento Kings organization. The Olympiacos leader’s rights belong to the Beam Team, and they’re reportedly willing to bring the forward to the US. Asked about it, Sasha wasn’t ready to fully commit to it. “I’m only thinking about how to become the champions of Greece and what will be the right decision for me at this moment,” he said. “Nobody knows what will happen in a few years, so I will decide how to continue when the time comes.”
“I feel very good when specialists and coaches say nice words [about me] but I know it’s a business and it’s all about how, what, and when. We agreed that it would be fairest to finish the EuroLeague season and then talk. We’ll see if they have a specific offer,” Vezenkov continued. “I’m ready for new challenges but, as I’ve said before, Athens and Olympiacos are my home and I feel great. For me, the most important thing is what’s best for my future.”
Victor Wembanyama’s story continues as he dominates in the semifinals of the domestic competition. The future No.1 pick records another double-double that was too much for ASVEL to handle in game 1 as Metropolitans 92 won the game 75-69.
Victor Wembanyama played 35 minutes and inked 19 points and 14 rebounds. DeVante Jones and TaShawn Thomas followed with 12 points each. Former Chicago Bulls players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah had front-row seats for the Wembanyama show.
Former Louisville guard and Arkansas transfer El Ellis is expected to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft, according to CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein. Ellis also tweeted soon after Rothsteinn’s announcement, “Razorback Nation, I’m here.” The nation’s No. 67 transfer has one season of eligibility remaining.
The National Basketball Association’s Larry O’Brien trophy will attend the 2023 Indy 500 red carpet as part of its “2023 NBA Finals Bucket List Tour.”
May 28, 2023 | 10:23 am EDT Update
The early around-the-league reaction to Washington’s hiring of Michael Winger to take over its front office: Pretty much every rival team I’ve spoken to is already expecting aggressive activity from the Winger-led Wizards. Don’t forget, though, that Bradley Beal can’t be in play for a trade unless he wants to be. Beal holds the NBA’s only active and full no-trade clause as he enters Year 2 of a five-year, $251 million contract, so Washington can’t send him anywhere without Beal’s consent. Also TBD: Is Kristaps Porziņģis still a near-lock to receive a contract extension from the Wizards, as it appeared earlier this season, or likely to join the in-demand Kyle Kuzma on the Wizards’ list of marquee unrestricted free agents?