Report: Jazz Hope Donovan Mitchell Will Return from Concussion During Weekend

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 27, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 17: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz looks on during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena on January 17, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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The Utah Jazz are reportedly hopeful that star guard Donovan Mitchell can return from a concussion over the weekend, per The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

Mitchell suffered the injury in the first quarter of a 101-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 17. He's missed the team's last four games, with the Jazz going 1-3 in that stretch.

Sarah Todd @NBASarah

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. <a href="https://t.co/Eb2Fd3niyi">pic.twitter.com/Eb2Fd3niyi</a>

As for upcoming games, the Jazz host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and have road games against the Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET on Friday) and Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET on Sunday) coming up this weekend.

On Tuesday, the Jazz ruled out both Mitchell and Rudy Gobert for Wednesday's matchup with the Suns. Gobert is dealing with a calf strain.

Mitchell, 25, is having another excellent year for the Jazz, averaging 25.5 points, 5.2 assists, four rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, though he's also shooting a career-low 33.9 percent from three.

The Jazz, meanwhile, are 30-18 and currently fourth in the Western Conference, already eight games behind the Suns (37-9) for the top seed.

Being without the two-time All-Star is obviously hardly ideal for the Jazz, especially against tough opponents like the to pick up the slack in his absence.