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Donovan Mitchell roasts Ja Morant over workout video

Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell got the better of Ja Morant in this year’s playoffs, and now he is getting the better of him on social media as well.

The Memphis Grizzlies guard Morant shared a video of himself working out with Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette this weekend. In the video, Morant seemed to be struggling a bit as he ran on a treadmill.

Mitchell responded to the video with a funny roast. “Bruh fightin for his life on that treadmill,” the Utah Jazz guard tweeted with two crying-face emojis.

Morant is known as one of the speediest young players in the league, so that treadmill probably had to be going pretty darn fast. As for Mitchell, his team did defeat Morant and the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. But as we have seen, there is a lot of mutual respect between these two players.

Dwyane Wade worried about Jazz’s ability to keep Donovan Mitchell?

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Dwyane Wade is only in his first few months as a minority owner of the Utah Jazz, but he may already see a major problem looming for the team.

Speaking this week on “The Hoop Collective,” Brian Windhorst of ESPN indicated that Wade could be concerned about Utah’s ability to keep franchise player Donovan Mitchell around for the long-term.

“I think Dwyane Wade is seriously concerned about Donovan Mitchell’s desire to stay there long-term,” Windhorst said.

Windhorst also noted the tumult within the Jazz organization, including the “poor relationship” between head coach Quin Snyder and executive Dennis Lindsey. This week saw Lindsey transition into a lesser role for the team.

The two-time All-Star Mitchell just wrapped up his fourth season in Utah. He recently signed a five-year, $163 million extension with the Jazz, which kicks in starting next season.

We also recently saw some Mitchell-related tensions arise within the Jazz over the team’s handling of his ankle injury this postseason. The retired three-time NBA champion Wade is famously close with Mitchell, who has often drawn player comparisons to him. If Wade is worried about Utah’s ability to keep Mitchell, that could be a very ominous sign for the team.

Video: Donovan Mitchell kicks chair in frustration

Donovan Mitchell kick

Donovan Mitchell has a lot to be pleased about so far in Utah’s Western Conference semifinals series with the Los Angeles Clippers. But there was one moment where he had some issues.

During a timeout break in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between his Jazz and the Clippers, Mitchell was frustrated. He expressed his frustration by kicking a chair.

The frustration seems odd coming from Mitchell given the end result for the game. But at that time, Mitchell had made just one of his last three shot. He also committed a turnover that turned into a Reggie Jackson three-pointer, giving the Clippers the lead just before that timeout.

The Jazz rebounded from down 101-99 to win 117-111. They now lead the series 2-0. Mitchell scored 37 points on 15/29 shooting with six threes.

Here is what Donovan Mitchell said about making Clippers quit

Donovan Mitchell

The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 112-109 in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series on Tuesday. You could argue that Utah outlasted the Clippers, which is sort of what Donovan Mitchell’s objective was.

TNT aired the game on TV and shared video of what Mitchell said to his team prior to the fourth quarter.

“They played Game 7 two days ago. It’s all how we start this quarter. They’ll call it quits and get ready for Game 2 if we make them,” Mitchell said.

The Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday in Game 7 to win their first-round series. Two days later, they were in Utah for Game 1 of their next series. But they didn’t quit against the Jazz.

The game was tied at the start of the fourth quarter. The Jazz started to pull away with around six minutes left and led by 10. They eventually hung on for a three-point win.

Mitchell made several big baskets and free throws down the stretch and finished with 45 points in the win.

Ja Morant’s father rooting for Jazz to win NBA title

Ja Morant

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant’s father endured racist heckling from a group of Utah Jazz fans during the Grizzlies’ first round series against the team. It turns out that after the Jazz eliminated the Grizzlies, he’s pulling for them to go a lot further.

Tee Morant was heard telling Jazz star Donovan Mitchell after Wednesday’s Utah victory that he hoped Utah went on to win the championship, crediting the organization for how it handled the vulgar fans earlier in the series.

“Hey yo, I’m going for y’all right now,” Tee Morant told Mitchell courtside after Utah’s win. “Why? Y’all didn’t have to do that. Y’all didn’t have to show love to us like that.

“This is what I’m saying: When s— goes bad and then you reach out, that’s how you bridge the gap. Most people don’t realize that. That’s why I appreciate you, and that’s why I hope the Jazz win the championship.”

Mitchell told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that he had a great deal of respect for Morant and his family, and was very appreciative for the support.

“For me, it was just the ultimate sign of respect,” Mitchell said. “You see him talking about the way he handled it, the way we went about it. For me, that’s just how you approach it. Things are going to happen, and you’ve got to show a side of gratitude — bridging that gap, like he said.

“The fact that he’s pulling for us is dope. We appreciate it. There’s just a lot of respect. Hard-fought series. I feel like Ja and I are going to have battles for a long time in our careers. This was just the first one, but there’s just a lot of respect all around.”

The Jazz swiftly banned three fans for directing racist and vulgar taunts at Morant’s family during Game 2 in Utah. Clearly, Tee Morant was more than satisfied with the organization’s response to the incident.

Donovan Mitchell told Dillon Brooks he was ‘on his a–‘

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Donovan Mitchell was happy to be on the court leading the Utah Jazz to a much-needed win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The two-time All-Star set the tone right from the opening tip, and he made sure Dillon Brooks knew he was back.

Mitchell sent the home crowd in Utah into a frenzy when he drained a 3-pointer early in the first quarter despite being fouled by Brooks. Mitchell then strutted around saying, “I’m on his a–.” You can see the video below:

The foul was Brooks’ second in less than six minutes, which gives you an idea of how much trouble he was having guarding Mitchell.

Mitchell finished the game with 25 points on 8-of-19 shooting in Utah’s 141-129 win. We know how he felt about having to sit out Game 1, so it’s no surprise he came out firing. Unfortunately, Brooks was the first person in the line of fire.

Donovan Mitchell’s personal training staff at odds with Jazz staff?

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Tensions over Donovan Mitchell’s injury situation are suddenly clouding the Utah Jazz’s first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Now it sounds like some infighting within the team framework is part of the issue.

Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Monday that there may be a power struggle of sorts between Mitchell’s personal training staff and the team’s training staff over who gets to make the decisions on Mitchell’s recovery. But Larsen does note that the Jazz training staff has an excellent reputation. They were a co-recipient of last year’s Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award from the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (though that was for their efforts with the NBA’s first COVID-19 case).

The All-Star guard Mitchell suffered an ankle injury in April that has now kept him out over a month. The Jazz made him a late scratch for Sunday’s playoff opener against Memphis, ultimately a loss that cost them their homecourt advantage. Mitchell was said to be furious about the decision.

The Jazz have now said that Mitchell will play in Game 2 on Wednesday. But when a team’s training staff does not see eye-to-eye with their star player’s personal training staff, it can definitely get ugly. That is what we saw with another player a couple of years ago.

Donovan Mitchell delivers great quote about his frustration with Jazz

Donovan Mitchell

The Utah Jazz reportedly blindsided Donovan Mitchell when they held him out of Sunday’s playoff game against the Memphis Grizzlies, but the two-time All-Star says he is ready to move forward.

The Jazz announced on Monday that Mitchell will play in Game 2 on Wednesday night. The announcement came not long after ESPN reported that Mitchell is furious with the team for not allowing him to play in the first game of the series. When asked about that report, Mitchell confirmed that he felt he should have played. He also delivered a great quote about moving on from the situation.

Mitchell has not played since spraining his ankle on April 16. He has reportedly been frustrated with the Jazz throughout his rehab and began working with his own personal training staff a while back.

You could tell by the reactions of some Jazz players on Sunday that the assumption was Mitchell would play. It’s unclear why the Jazz felt he wasn’t ready.

Mitchell averaged 26.4 points 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game during the regular season. He’ll try to help the Jazz avoid dropping a crucial second game against Memphis.

Donovan Mitchell will play in Game 2 for Jazz

Donovan Mitchell

Amid questions and some controversy, the Utah Jazz have cleared guard Donovan Mitchell to return to the lineup for Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

The Jazz announced Monday that Mitchell will play Wednesday night against Memphis after over a month on the sideline with an ankle injury.

It’s some welcome clarity on what has become a weird situation. After not appearing on the injury report leading up to Game 1, Mitchell was abruptly ruled out, which apparently came as a surprise to his teammates. There were also reports that Mitchell was “incensed” by the late scratch.

Mitchell was Utah’s leading scorer during the regular season, averaging 26.4 points per game. He hasn’t played since suffering the ankle injury on April 16. The Jazz held up alright without him, but the sense of urgency may have been increased after the team’s surprise Game 1 loss, making Mitchell’s return even more vital.

Report: Donovan Mitchell furious with Jazz for not letting him play

Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell did not play in Game 1 of the Utah Jazz’s first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, but that was clearly by no choice of his own.

Mitchell was “incensed” that the Jazz made a late decision on Sunday to scratch him from the lineup, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon. There has been some tension between Mitchell and the Jazz over the way the All-Star’s ankle injury has been handled, and the situation on Sunday added to that.

Mitchell has not played since spraining his ankle on April 16. ESPN reports that he began working with his personal training staff after his rehab got off to a slow start. The frustrations have built to the point where Mitchell may have to have some discussions with new Jazz part-owner Dwyane Wade, with whom he has a close relationship.

After he practiced for three days leading up to Sunday’s game and took part in a shootaround before the game, the expectation was that Mitchell would play. He indicated he was frustrated in a tweet after Utah’s 112-109 loss.

“Sorry y’all… I wish I could say more…. I’ll be out there soon!” Mitchell wrote.

Mitchell also said Sunday morning that he was experiencing no pain and was “ready to go.” There is hope he will be cleared for Game 2, according to ESPN.

You could tell by the reactions of some Jazz players on Sunday that the assumption was Mitchell would play. It’s unclear why the Jazz felt he wasn’t ready, but the situation is certainly worth monitoring heading into Game 2 on Wednesday.