Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell Will Carry Them to an NBA Title?
Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. Mitchell missed the first game of the NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies and they lost. Utah was 4-0 with him entering Tuesday night’s match up against the Los Angeles Clippers. They were down by 13 points at halftime and Donovan Mitchell exploded in the second-half in a 112-109 win for the Utah Jazz over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Mitchell was held in check in the first-half for Utah. He finished the game with 45 points for the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell shot 53.3 percent from the field. He also grabbed three rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
Donovan Mitchell is the heartbeat of the Utah Jazz. He is no stranger in showing up in big games in the NBA Postseason.
Mitchell did this also last season in the NBA bubble. Donovan Mitchell went off in the first-round series then against the Denver Nuggets despite blowing a 3-1 series to them as the sixth seed.
When he is in the lineup this postseason however, the Utah Jazz are 5-0. He has help around him like Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles, Jordan Clarkson, Royce O’Neale, Bojan Bogdanovic, Mike Conley, and Georges Niang.
Head coach Quin Snyder deserves a ton of credit for developing him, but it also helps to get some advice from current co-owner Dwyane Wade. He used to play in the NBA for a very long time with the Miami Heat and won three NBA Championships with them.
D-Mitch is D-Wade?
Donovan Mitchell is sometimes called by NBA experts and analysts Dwayne Wade 2.0. Mitchell could very well carry the Utah Jazz to an NBA Championship this season because of his ability to take over basketball games and also defend.
During the regular season, Donovan Mitchell played in 53 games for the Utah Jazz. He missed some of the regular season due to an ankle injury. Mitchell averaged 26.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.2 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.0 SPG.
Donovan Mitchell was one of the reasons why the Utah Jazz finished with the number one seed in the Western Conference. Utah has never won an NBA Championship before. The last time they were in the NBA Finals was when they lost in back-to-back NBA Finals. This was during the 1995-1996 season and the 1996-1997 season against the Chicago Bulls in six games each time.
Tough Road Ahead
If the Utah Jazz and Donovan Mitchell get past the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, they would most likely face either the third-seeded Denver Nuggets or the second-seeded Phoenix Suns. If they get past them, I have a feeling they would face either the (2) Brooklyn Nets or the (1) Philadelphia 76ers.
The (5) Atlanta Hawks or the (3) Milwaukee Bucks will probably not get past the second-round of the NBA Playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Maybe that’s because their either not good enough or they’re too scared to face Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz potentially in the NBA Finals.
I think Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz are the second favorites to win the NBA Championship at the moment. The favorites at the moment to win the NBA Championship is led by Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and the Brooklyn Nets.
Do you think that Donovan Mitchell can carry the Utah Jazz to its first NBA Title in franchise history this season or no? Leave a comment below.
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