Mitchell got up after a few seconds, took his free throws and finished the 117-111 win which gave the seeded Jazz a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semi-finals series. He limped off the ground after the win, but Mitchell insisted his health isn’t an issue as the series heads to Los Angeles.
“I got hit and it hurts, but I’m fine now,” Mitchell said after his 37-point performance. “I came in here. If you want me to sprint for you I can. I’m fine. You know, it happens. Luckily it wasn’t bad. Go ahead and get ready for Game 3.”
Mitchell, who was knocked out late for Game 1 of the Utah playoffs with a sprained ankle that sidelined him from the last 16 games of the regular season, has been one of the strongest forces. most dominant playoffs so far.
The Jazz are 6-0 with Mitchell in the starting lineup in the playoffs, averaging 32.7 points per game, putting them in the company of a historic elite. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the only players with higher scoring averages while winning their first six games of a playoff series are Kobe Bryant in 2008 (34.3) and James lebron in 2017 (34.2).
Mitchell has been particularly prolific against the Clippers, averaging 41.0 points on 52.5% shots from the floor, while the Jazz opened the series with two home wins despite the absence of their other All goalie. -Star. Mike Conley Jr. (tendon).
“He’s just taking a step forward,” said the Jazz guard. Jordan clarkson, the sixth man of the year who collected 24 points on 9 of 15 shots in Game 2. “He’s a real superstar, an MVP-caliber, All-NBA type player. It’s his job, and That’s what he does .”
After scoring 32 of his 45 points in the second half of Game 1, Mitchell set the Clippers on fire right after Game 1 on Thursday. He collected 10 points in the opening 3 minutes and 14 seconds, as the Jazz charged the Clippers to return to their great starting lineup by attacking the center Ivica Zubac in the pick-and-roll. Mitchell finished the half with 27 points.
After Utah’s lead climbed to 21 points in the third quarter, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue found a way to disrupt Mitchell’s pace, moving towards a zone defense that cooled the Jazz and allowed it’s up to LA to get back into the game.
“I think we stagnated a bit, kind of watching Donovan do a play every time,” said the Jazz forward. Joe Ingles, who had 19 points on 7 out of 10 shots.
Mitchell played a supporting role as the Jazz shut down the Clippers, who rallied to take the lead after Reggie Jackson hit 3s back to back in the middle of the fourth quarter. Ingles starred in the stretch, leading for a scoop shot he put high on the glass to tie it up for the next possession, then distributing two assists and hitting the dagger 3 in race 9- 0 which sealed the victory.
“I don’t feel like I have to go out there and do it all,” Mitchell said. “I think it’s a credit to my teammates, to the guys we have on this team. They can go out there and play.… I don’t feel like I have to. go up there, go up, do everything. There are times when I will have to do that. It’s just part of my job, but for me, it’s great to have a bunch of guys who trust you and you have confidence. You’re just going to play and have fun. “