Sport Donovan Mitchell's scintillating first half in Game 2 had NBA Twitter buzzing
How Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell dominated in Game 1 win despite illness and sluggish start
After battling a tough start, Donovan Mitchell scored 45 points to lead the Jazz to a Game 1 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.“You just keep getting your mind right, and it overcomes everything,” Snyder told Mitchell.
After torching the LA Clippers in Game 1, Donovan Mitchell had NBA Twitter buzzing with his start in Game 2.
In the second half of Game 1, Donovan Mitchell absolutely lit the LA Clippers up. While histrailed by 13 points at halftime, with Mitchell only scoring 13 points in the first two quarters, he was sensational after the break, dropping en route to a big win at home.
If Game 2 is an indication, Mitchell has not cooled off since the series opener, and the Clippers could be in big trouble with this matchup if something doesn't change soon.
In the first half on Thursday, Spida ran roughshod over a helpless LA defense, racking up 27 first-half points with ease. He was on fire right out of the gate, and he helped give Utah a 13-point lead by halftime.
Report: Theory that Clippers tanked to avoid Lakers 'totally true'
The Clippers, who won more than 65 percent of their games, lost to Oklahoma City and Houston to end the regular season. The Thunder and Rockets had the two worst records in the Western Conference this season. So was there any coincidence? By losing, the Clippers locked themselves into the No. 4 spot in the West. That ensured they would be in a different bracket from the Lakers and only face them in the conference finals.The Clippers have denied the allegations. But they have some bigger problems anyway. They are down 2-0 to the Dallas Mavericks after losing the first two games of the series at home.
So of courseTwitter was buzzing about such a scintillating performance.
Donovan Mitchell was the big story early in Game 2
As we mentioned, it really didn't take Mitchell long to get cooking, and he made some franchise history in the process:
Right before the half, he buried the closest thing to a second-quarter dagger we've seen in a long time:
Taking a look at what Mitchell's done in the last four quarters of this series, the numbers are truly staggering:
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Ainge has been a part of Boston’s front office for nearly 20 years. He was first hired as the executive director of basketball operations for the team in 2003. He has a long history with the franchise, as he also played for the Celtics from 1981-1989. Ainge has won two two NBA titles as a player in Boston and one as an executive.Ainge is known for being one of the most aggressive GMs in basketball, hence his nickname “Trader Danny.” He has both traded and acquired a number of star players over the years, most notably when he brought Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to Boston prior to the 2007-08 season.
When you compare those numbers to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, it's dumbfounding how he's been head and shoulders above his superstar brethren as the best player in this series.
Mitchell had several prominent basketball figures stumped.
Others simply marveled at his ability to elevate his game and make the Clippers look foolish:
What Mitchell is doing early in this second-round series is truly remarkable, and it's no wonder NBA Twitter was in shock over what he was doing. If the Clippers can't find a way to slow him down, this highly anticipated matchup could be over much sooner than expected.
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