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Jazz star Donovan Mitchell Aiming to Become Elite Defender

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When it comes to the game of Utah Jazz superstar guard Donovan Mitchell, there isn’t much not to like. But Mitchell wants to ramp up his play on the defensive side of the ball.

In fact, Mitchell wants to become an elite defender.

“For me, the biggest thing is just to get back to my roots. The biggest thing is to elevate my defense, to get back to what got me drafted,” Mitchell said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune’s Andy Larsen.

“I think that’s one thing I’ve prided myself on, and I think (USA head coach Gregg Popovich) has really put that in my head as well.”

If Mitchell, who is an elite offensive weapon, can improve defensively, the Jazz will be an even bigger threat in a stacked Western Conference next season.

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Nets’ Caris LeVert Out Following Surgery

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The Brooklyn Nets will be without swingman Caris LaVert for the next several weeks following surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

LaVery suffered the injury during Sunday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns and then underwent an X-ray exam, followed by an MRI.

LaVert has averaged 16.8 points per game this season for the Nets.

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Rockets’ Clint Capela Out with Concussion

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Houston Rockets’ big man Clint Capela will be out for the Rockets’ upcoming game against the Indiana Pacers due to a concussion, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon.

Capela took a charge late in the Rockets’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers when he collided with Clippers’ JaMychel Green and seemed to have hit his head.

Capela was evaluated for a concussion following the collision.

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Lakers’ Anthony Davis Out with Rib Injury

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis will miss the Lakers’ upcoming game against the Golden State Warriors due to a rib injury, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.

Davis injured his rib during Tuesday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix.

Davis is reportedly also dealing with a right shoulder injury, which makes it more important for the Lakers to play it safe, especially this early in the season.

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