Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell will play in Game 2 on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder after an MRI on his left foot came back negative, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
“The doctors cleared him, so I put him back in the game, but when I saw him, it looked to me that he was feeling it a little bit and just wanted to make sure, so I took him out and just confirmed it,” Snyder said. “And then he went back. Everything that we know right now, he’s fine. I’m sure he’ll undergo further imaging, and we’ll update that tomorrow.”
The Thunder dealt with their own injury concern. Paul George sat the final minute with a right hip contusion, but he said afterward that he’ll be ready to play Game 2.
“Oh, yeah, I’m all good,” George said. “I ain’t never sit out playoff games.”
George said the injury was an aggravation of a hip contusion he suffered against the Atlanta Hawks on March 13. George didn’t miss any time after that game.
In 38 minutes, George led the Thunder with 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including 8-of-11 from 3 as the Thunder took a 1-0 series lead.
“The atmosphere will help, the guys around me doing a tremendous job, that will help,” Nash said before the game. “I think it’s getting a couple bangs early or getting hit. … It just kind of takes your mind off of it, gets you back into the flow of the game.”
Winger Danton Heinen started Game 3 on the third line with Nash, instead of Tommy Wingels, who missed Game 2 after the hard hit he took from Nazem Kadri in Game 1. Wingels took part in morning skate and is healthy enough to play, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.
Kadri got a three-game suspension for the hit on Wingels.
With Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk out with a lower-body injury, Nick Holden was on the third defensive pairing with Adam McQuaid.
Thomson has developed a quick rapport with Kapler as a sounding board and trusted confidant the new manager can lean on every day. His perspective was particularly helpful in the first week of the season, when Kapler felt besieged by negative feedback.