Donovan Mitchell's Foot Injury Diagnosed as Contusion, Game 2 Status TBD

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 15: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz handles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game One of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 15, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell's availability for Game 2 of the team's first-round series with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena is up in the air.    

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.

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