Mitchell available for Game 2, reportedly 'incensed' by late scratch Sunday
Mitchell was "incensed" after Utah scratched him just a few hours before Game 1, reported ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon, citing sources.
The club's decision reportedly "deepened tensions" with Mitchell over his recovery from a right ankle sprain.
Mitchell recently returned to practice. He said he was "ready to go" after Sunday morning's shootaround. But Utah's training staff apparently recommended he remain on the inactive list despite him not being on the injury report Saturday or early Sunday.
"I was ready to go, the staff didn't think I was ready," Mitchell told reporters Monday, according to The Salt Lake Tribune's Eric Walden. "There was no setback. … The biggest thing was I felt like I should have played. At the end of the day, the experts said, 'Nope.' That was the frustration. I felt like I wasn't there for my team."
Mitchell was originally set to miss at least one week after suffering the ailment in mid-April against the Indiana Pacers. However, his recovery timetable has been repeatedly pushed back.
The 24-year-old apparently began working with his personal training staff on his rehab following a lack of early progress.
New Jazz part-owner Dwyane Wade - who apparently has a good rapport with the All-Star guard - may need to help mend fences between Mitchell and the team, Windhorst and MacMahon report.
Utah still secured the West's top seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs in Mitchell's absence, going 10-6 over the final stretch.
Mitchell finished 11th in this season's scoring race, averaging a career-high 26.4 points per game as well as 5.2 assists and 4.4 boards over 53 appearances.
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