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Jazz vs. Clippers: Donovan Mitchell robs Los Angeles in every way imaginable as playoff dominance continues


The Los Angeles Clippers They should defiantly raise their hands in disbelief at this point. First, they had almost seven full unstoppable matches Luka DoncicAnd now, in the second round of the Western Conference preliminaries, they are dissected and thwarted by Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who cemented his star status with his early post-season performances.

Mitchell scored 37 points in 15-for-29, including 6-12 from a 3-point range in a 117-112 win in Game Two over the Clippers on Thursday to give the Jazz a 2-0 lead. He now averages 41 points in 53/44/80 splits against the Clippers, and has more points than the minutes he played in six games this post-season.

The most devastating part about the way Mitchell handled his work on Thursday was that the Clippers did their job. With any star player, you can mix your looks and alternate base defenders and live with the results. The problem is that Mitchell’s results are largely in Utah’s favour. Here’s a quick look at all the ways Mitchell took advantage of the Clippers’ various defenses throughout the night.

Mitchell admitted that he went out with the goalscorer mentality after only putting in six points on a 2-of-8 shot in the first quarter of Game 1.

“I think tonight was my mentality to go forward, start the game strong,” Mitchell said afterwards. “I think my poor performance in the first half [of Game 1] On both ends of the land it was huge for them to go out there and get what happened, we went down 13, which was an uphill battle throughout the game. For me, it’s like, OK, I’m going to make a fingerprint and I think tonight was through the scoring.”

You can see Mitchell’s aggressiveness early on, but it was strategic. In his first basket of the game, Mitchell pretends like he’s going to use a screen from Rudy GobertBut when he sees Marcus Morris In assist mode, it crosses quickly, creating a sweater that is wide open to falls Ivica Zubak.

Later in the quarter, Mitchell earned half a screen from Bojan Bogdanovic Only to force the switch, but Marcus Morris was a split second late to climb. Mitchell slips across the gap between Morris and Paul George And he enters the lane, where he is one of the best runners in the world.

Mitchell finished the first quarter with 14 points on 6 of 9, but the attack continued from there. Watch here as Mitchell shows absolute mastery of picking and twisting Kohi Leonard on his back as he slowly made his way toward Zwieback, forcing the huge man to choose between defending him and rolling. please Derek. Patience and savvy Mitchell is shown here for a corner kick second to none.

By the end of the first half, Mitchell was feeling it so much that he was able to shoot unguarded shots like this in isolation. He entered the dressing room in the first half with 27 points, shooting 11 to 16 in less than 20 minutes.

Naturally, the Clippers started hitting Mitchell in the third quarter to get the ball out of his hands. This is where he showed his growth as a playmaker, being able to read and execute the right pass to get his team in a position to score. Here he patiently navigates the double team (which becomes a triple team) and finds Joubert wide open for dipping.

Then, when the Clippers sent Leonard to double Mitchell late in the shot clock, he read the defense and fired a perfect cross to Bogdanovic, who pumped his way into an open area. the other half.

“Being in the league, I know it’s only been four years, but you see it all,” Mitchell said after the game. “I’ve seen all the coverage.” “It’s just a matter of me doing the right readings. … I kind of knew when I entered the game they would look different and would probably do the same again in Game 3, so you just have to be ready and watch the movie and do what I do.” instinctively.”

The area defense caused Mitchell some trouble in the second half as the Clippers cemented their comeback, but when it came to the Jazz team in need of a basket, Mitchell chased the switch to Luke Kennard And he went to work, making a tricky shot to keep the game out of hand.

If Mitchell were to play at this level, the Jazz would wreak havoc on the opponent’s defenses and they could find themselves in NBA finals. His performances so far in the post-season, along with what we’ve already seen in his young career, make Mitchell a star of the rarest of his kind – someone who ups his game when it matters most.

“Our guys know who he is, and he knows who he is, and I think the biggest thing Donovan has done, frankly, is just compete,” said Jazz coach Quinn Snyder after Game Two. “That’s something he brings every night. He just wants to win, he’s competitive, and good things happen when that’s the case.”


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