Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell writhed in pain on the Vivint Arena court with 12 seconds remaining in Thursday’s Game 2 against the LA Clippers, reaching toward the right ankle that he sprained several weeks ago. Mitchell got up after several seconds, shot his free throws and finished the 117-111 victory that gave the top-seeded Jazz a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. He limped off the floor after the win, but Mitchell insisted his health is no concern as the series heads to Los Angeles. “I got hit and it hurt, but I’m fine now,” Mitchell said after his 37-point performance. “I walked in here. If you want me to sprint for you, I can. I’m good. You know, s— happens. Thankfully, it wasn’t bad. Move on and get ready for Game 3.”
June 22, 2021 | 6:02 pm EDT Update
The Mavericks are not pursuing established executives like Toronto’s Masai Ujiri or Danny Ainge, the former Boston president of basketball operations, to replace Nelson, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s intentions. Those executives would surely want more autonomy that Cuban is willing to cede.
D’Tigers coach, Mike Brown, has named 12 NBA players in his 49-man provisional list for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which begins next month. The men’s basketball squad has opened camp in California. Headlining the list of NBA players is Denver Nuggets’ point guard Monte Morris, who recently declared his intention to represent Nigeria.
Also included in the list are Miye Oni (Utah Jazz), OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors), KZ Okpala (Miami Heat), Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Udoka Azubuike (Utah Jazz), Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons). Others are Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), Gabe Vincent (Miami Heat), Al-Farouq Aminu (Chicago Bulls), Jordan Nwora (Milwaukee Bucks) and Chimezie Metu (Sacramento Kings).
It’s busy days in Beverly Hills right now, especially for those Westside-ish folks who really, really need to spend their money at places run (or at least financed) by celebrities. Move over, Salt Bae, Tatel is here. When it comes to pure star power it’s hard to outshine Spanish import Tatel, which is backed by Laker champion Pau Gasol, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, among others.
Tomorrow all eyes will be on Milwaukee, as the Bucks kick off the Eastern Conference championship, but some residents and businesses are concerned after an increase in violence downtown. “Fights, drunk driving, seeing a lot of people running the red light here, shootings.” That’s how one man, who owns a condo just off Water Street, describes what he sees on weekends. The man, who did not want to be identified, says he is fed up with the increase in crime in the area — and sent a letter to the mayor and Fire and Police Commission but didn’t get a response. “I would just like to see a detail level plan, not only just Water Street, the entire city, because the crime is extreme these days,” he said.
Mayor Barrett says he is working with city leaders and talked to Acting Police Chief Jeffrey Norman Monday night. “I understand and agree with concern we should have more police and we are working to do that,” Mayor Barrett said. The mayor also addressed reports that police were told to “not be heavy-handed” and concerns that it’s impacting officers’ ability to police effectively. “I want our police to be even-handed,” Mayor Barrett said. “I want them to be effective and I want them to be fair. I don’t want them to be heavy-handed and cause problems, creating backlash.”