Jazz coach Quin Snyder noted Mitchell, who has been sidelined since April 16 with a sprained right ankle, has declared himself "ready to go" and isn't pleased with the decision to be held out of the series opener:
The Jazz can't withstand Mitchell being absent for any lengthy period of time during the postseason if they are going to win the title. This is a team that sees a wide-open championship window with the Lakers as the No. 7 seed and no other contender having proved themselves under the playoff lights.
Getting Mitchell a clean bill of health will be paramount in Utah's title hopes.
In the meantime, Utah will rely on Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles in ball-handling roles. That formula was enough to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference down the stretch of the season, and it will need to be again to hold on to home-court advantage in the series against the Grizzlies.