The Jazz announced Monday that Mitchell suffered a left foot contusion in their 116-108 defeat Sunday night. Utah will make a decision Tuesday about whether Mitchell can play in Game 2.
Losing Mitchell—even for one game—would be a major blow for the Jazz. Falling down 0-2 against the Thunder would force them to dig out of a huge hole.
Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds in his team's loss Sunday, and he's by far Utah's best scoring option.
During the regular season, the Jazz finished 15th in offensive rating (106.2 points per 100 possessions), according to NBA.com. Take Mitchell out of the equation, and an already league-average offense becomes even more pedestrian (104.0 points per 100 possessions).
One of Ricky Rubio, Joe Ingles, Jae Crowder or Derrick Favors would also have to become Utah's primary scorer, which is less than ideal. Rudy Gobert is second on the team in scoring (13.5 points per game) following Rodney Hood's move to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the February trade deadline, but his lack of shooting range limits how much more offensive responsibility he can shoulder.
Even though Utah has one of the NBA's best defenses, it will struggle to keep pace with an opponent that has Paul George and Russell Westbrook—two players who can single-handedly alter the outcome of a game—unless Mitchell is healthy.