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Aaron Gordon: Ruled out Monday

06 February 2018

He'll no longer take part in the Skills Challenge. However, with Gordon out of the lineup, it gives Mario Hezonja a nice chance to string together some more strong games.

Mitchell is averaging 19.7 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game for Utah.

That dunk battle was arguably best of all time.

"It's pretty disappointing, first, not being able to play with my team before going into the all-star break and then not being able to be in the dunk contest because of the injury, " Gordon said. He tops all rookies in points and 3-pointers made (115).

As the Utah Jazz wrapped up shootaround at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center on Monday morning, the news broke of Aaron Gordon withdrawing from the NBA Slam Dunk contest due to a strained left hip flexor.

The 2015 Slam Dunk Contest runner-up has quite the dunking resume, as his double-clutch slam from the right wing over Dwight Howard won the 2017 NBA Dunk of the Year that was voted on by fans. Per Diaz, Gordon will also miss Orlando's upcoming games against the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Slam Dunk Contest is slated for Saturday, February 17th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gordon had competed in the past two All-Star dunk contests.

Mitchell will join a dunk-competition field that includes All-Star Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers, forward Larry Nance Jr. of the hometown Los Angeles Lakers and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks. Gordon showed in 2016 that he has some of the most creative ideas, and was surely ready to break out some incredible stuff in this season's contest.

Aaron Gordon: Ruled out Monday