This unbelievable laser pass that Donovan Mitchell threw for the wide open three, capped off a 17 point 4th quarter comeback for the Utah Jazz against the best team in the league.
They are rolling right now having won 7 of their last 10 games and this is their remaining schedule being only 2 games behind the third seed in the Western Conference. Think about that: As much hype as the Thunder and the Rockets have generated with their MVP candidate players, the Jazz are right there. And they’re just hitting their stride after a slow start.
If you don’t follow them on a regular basis, enjoy these beautiful highlights, while I explain why your team hopes to avoid Utah in the first round of the playoffs.
What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
I guess we wanted to see a bigger leap in his second season, but the fact that Donovan Mitchell started the year off with some nagging injuries meant that he had to do some catching up.
But excuses aside it seems like both him and the Jazz have figured things out. This is why.
In games where Donovan has played extended minutes at point guard, the Jazz are 9-0, and that includes last night’s career high 46 point performance.
But Utah couldn’t know this because they only moved him at the 1 out of necessity. The big revelation came when Ricky Rubio went down with an injury in January.
Throughout that time Mitchell tormented the opposing defenses and jumped from 24 and a half to 30 points per game on terrific shooting percentages.
This is the perfect position for him because of the fact that on offense he can choose whether he wants to get a full head of steam and blow by defenders, or just stop and pop for the three, and he showed against Milwaukee, that he can definitely do that at a high level.
Donovan is extremely quick and great at taking his man off the dribble and exploding to the rim. His strength also allows him to take the contact and finish through it. And if the help comes, he can kick it out to the shooter as well.
He is more than a willing passer and all of his teammates are benefiting from that. The 2 snipers in Ingles and Korver are on the wings, while Crowder and O’Neal from the corners are hitting threes off of Mitchell’s penetration. It’s either that or a lob for a Rudy Gobert dunk. And speaking of the stifle tower, he is anchoring the third best defense in the league. This side of the floor has been the main reason why the Jazz have been able to stay in the playoff picture during their slow start of the season, and now as the offense is picking up, it allows them to compete for home court advantage.
The one hope I have, although realistically Mitchell won’t completely take over as the point guard this season, I really want to see this happen next year. And I think that it will happen.
Which would mean that there’s definitely gonna be some roster changes and the team is going to be looking for a legitimate threat at the wing to pair with the dynamic 1-2 punch that are Donovan and Rudy.
At the moment a few of the guys that are swapped in and out of the starting lineup like Ingles, Crowder, Rubio and Favors, are very solid bench players on a Western contender. But not starters. And to me this is Utah’s handicap.
Just like last year, the Jazz can beat anyone of their potential first round matchups. Donovan can have an offensive explosion again and they can do it. But realistically, even though they’re my favorite team in the West I don’t think they can win 2 rounds depending only on him as the offensive motor.
They are closer than anyone thinks to being extremely dangerous tho, and this is why Utah must be aggressive in the offseason. Just imagine what a legitimate 20 point scorer like Chris Middleton can do for this team. Or Kevin Love, who isn’t really old but is wasting his years on a Cleveland team going nowhere.
Any one of these guys can help Utah form a big 3 and go deep in the playoffs.
Until then I guess we can watch Donovan Mitchell and enjoy in performances like the one last night and hopefully something similar to the postseason ones last year against the Thunder.
So yeah, I really enjoyed making this video about 1 of my 2 favorite players in the league. The other one being my alter ego according to you guys, so you definitely know him all too well.
So, That’s it for now, if you liked this video, subscribe and hit the notification bell so that you don’t miss my future in depth analysis. Talk to you in the next one. Peace out.