ATLANTA – Utah Jazz star point guard Donovan Mitchell did not play Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks due to a sprained right ankle.
Mitchell injured his ankle in the closing seconds of the first half on Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings. He came back in the second half and finished with a season-high 36 points in a 119-113 win.
Mitchell insisted the injury was not serious or related to a severe ankle sprain that last season led him to miss the last 16 games of the regular season and the first game of the Playoffs.
But the Jazz took no chances and decided to seat Mitchell in Atlanta as they begin a three-game road trip.
“We are conservative and diligent about that kind of thing,” coach Quin Snyder said. “I think Donovan is in a good place mentally and we will make sure he is in a good place physically and he will come back.”
Joe Ingles started in place of Mitchell.