Donovan Mitchell returned to the Utah Jazz last night, and his return was a needed boost to the struggling Jazz who still are waiting on Kyle Korver, but not for long.
The return of Mitchel was welcome news for the Utah Jazz as the shooting guard scored 29 points after being out for two games due to bruised ribs and helped lead the Jazz to a 101-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Mitchell’s performance showed little effects from the bruising of his ribs that sidelined him for two games last night. The last 5:42 of the fourth quarter saw him scoring 12 points and take control of the tight game between the two teams. Mitchell also brushed off news that fellow teammate Alec Burks was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kyle Korver. In response to the news, Mitchell stated,
“I think it was tough for me. I was just kind of like, ‘Whoa!’ It took me by surprise, but you know, I think we did a good job of not letting that affect us on the floor. I think we stayed focused with the task at hand. But I missed my guy, for sure.”
Also scoring big night for the Jazz was Rudy Gobert with 23 points and 16 rebounds. The Jazz was coming off a poor performance without Mitchell after 121-88 loss to the Indiana Pacers Monday night. Wednesday’s beginning was slow and beginning to look like a repeat performance might be in store for fans after they dropped the first of five but were revived by Mitchell.
The fourth quarter was the deciding end to the game after Brooklyn was outscored by Utah 31-13. Commenting, Rudy Gobert said,
“We got stops, Everyone was locked in, everyone was communicating and when we get stops we can score on the other end, and that’s what we did.”
The deal for Korver was entered into shortly before last night’s game said someone familiar with the deal. Utah is sitting 29th in the NBA for 3 point shooting, and with the addition of Korver, who is fourth in the NBA for three pointers, the Jazz expects to see an improvement in their three point success rate.
Brooklyn, who came into the game with four straight wins saw that brought to an end. Spencer Dinwiddie earned 18 points, and D’Angelo Russell scored 14 points. Speaking about the game, Russell said,
“I think they had a great scouting report against us, whatever it was. I’ll watch the film, but I think they did a great job staying attached to our shooters and being in the right place in rotations.”
After the first quarter, and what was for both teams, a dismal start, the Nets were down 17-16, the second quarter saw both scoring 26 points and at the midway point were 43-42 in favour of the Jazz. The Jazz then took an eleven point lead in the third, most of which was scored by Mitchell, and the fourth saw much of the same after Utah found their footing.
The Utah Jazz will next take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, and with Utah third last in the Western Conference, Friday will be another important game if the Jazz is to hope to be in a playoff position as the season progresses. As for punters, that is a contributing factor when looking at odds with top rated sports betting sites such as bet365, who offer NBA betting action. In the market for a leading sportsbook? Then why not register today with bet365 and earn up to $200 in signup bonuses.