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Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell will play in Utah Jazz’s Game 6. How much, and how effective they’ll be are the questions.

Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) goes to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. Utah won 121-111. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Los Angeles • Utah Jazz guards Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell will play in the team’s do-or-die Game 6 on Friday against the Clippers.

The Jazz said that Conley (right hamstring strain) and Mitchell (right ankle sprain) would have their game status determined by their pregame warm-ups.

Conley went through his before Mitchell did, and appeared to be moving at full speed. He has yet to play in a game in this Western Conference semifinal series. Jazz PR confirmed his availability about 55 minutes before the scheduled tipoff.

Mitchell, meanwhile, has not yet missed a game against the Clippers, but has appeared increasingly physically limited as the series has progressed. He missed the final 16 games of the regular season, and Game 1 in the first round against Memphis. He had been looking excellent for a time, but a late-game collision with Paul George in Game 2 against the Clippers appeared to aggravate his injury.

His Friday workout saw him occasionally favoring his right ankle, and going through a perhaps slightly-subdued pregame routine.

Jazz PR ultimately confirmed his availability about 25 minutes before the game was set to tip.


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