Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell Throws A Win For Free

The Utah Jazz’s dual-threat guard Donovan Mitchell hit a clutch free throw in the last seconds of the game to secure the win over the Phoenix Suns 96-95.

With only 4 seconds left in the 4th quarter and the game tied 95-95, Mitchell drove to the basket from half-court in complete attack mode. Nevertheless, he created enough contact on his defender to be rewarded with a foul called by the referee.

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Despite having a flat night on the court shooting just 9 for 24, Mitchell ended with 25 points. He is, indeed largely responsible for Utah Jazz’s impressive 3-1 record. Rudy Gobert contributed a remarkable 15 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Undoubtedly Gobert’s dominant performance on both ends of the floor down low, including making 11 out of 12 free throws, allowed Utah to remain competitive until the very end. Bojan Bogdanovic showcased why he is considered in most NBA circles one of the best shooters in the league. Bogdanovic shot 8 for 13 from the field, 4 for 8 from behind the 3-point arc, and finished with 29 points.

As “my momma” says, “what does not come out in the wash will come out in the rinse”. Without question, the Jazz is widely considered contenders in the Western Conference and are off to a respectable start. However, when you factor in all three of their wins are against teams most likely not expected to make the playoffs, only more question surfaces. Fortunately, the suspense will not last long. More answers will be revealed when the Jazz play this year’s Western Conference favorite Los Angeles Clippers tonight.

Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley are still learning how to play with each other. I am confident this talented tandem will figure it out. The glaring area to look for immediate improvement against the Clippers for both guards will be their shot selections. Production off the bench will also play a crucial role, which means small forward Joe Ingles and Jeff Green need to go deep in their offensive bag of tricks in order to supply more firepower.

All in all, head coach Quin Snyder should be proud of the effort his team has put forth thus far. Snyder has proven he has a solid pulse on what his team needs. Demonstrated by acquiring distinguished veteran Mike Conely to help alleviate Mitchell’s load. However, he also has a vision for where the team could end up.

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