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Jazz star Mitchell likely to miss rest of regular season

The Utah Jazz said All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell will miss at least another week with an ankle injury.

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Jazz star Mitchell likely to miss rest of regular season

Donovan Mitchell will miss at least another week as he recovers from an ankle injury, making it unlikely he will return before the NBA playoffs. 

The Utah Jazz guard has been sidelined since spraining his ankle on April 16 against the Indiana Pacers. 

The Jazz said he was examined by the team's medical staff Friday and "continues to make progress toward a return" but will be re-evaluated in another week. 

Utah finish their regular season May 16, so a return for the playoffs appears the likely scenario for Mitchell. 

In the meantime, the Jazz (48-18) will attempt to hold off the Phoenix Suns (47-19) for the top seed in the Western Conference. 

Denver Nuggets v Utah JazzSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - MAY 07: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz

A two-time All-Star, Mitchell is Utah's leading scorer by a wide margin at a career-best 26.4 points per game. 

Entering Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets, the Jazz had gone 6-4 in his absence. 

Their focus will be on ensuring Mitchell is healthy for the playoffs. He was spectacular in last season's seven-game first-round defeat to the Nuggets, averaging 36.3 points per game.