He's had one very bad performance: A 12-point showing in Game 2 of the Rockets opening round series against the Timberwolves in which he shot 1-for-10 from the floor. Jazz Steal Game 2. The Rockets are the NBA's top team and dispatched the Minnesota Timberwolves in 5 games in round 1. This is another matchup where both Mitchell and Jazz fans have to thank someone on the other side of the ball to be in this position. The first-seeded Rockets host the fifth-seeded Jazz Wednesday night, in Houston at 8pm EST.
That's great and all... but Houston does this thing where all they do is shoot threes and it works really, I'm mean really, well.
Will the Jazz have an answer for James Harden after he poured in a game-high 41 points in Game 1?
"You can't put any one guy and hang that on one player", Snyder shared post-game (via CBS Sports). Houston closed the gap in the third quarter, taking the lead 75-71 off of a Capela slam from a Harden pass.
After the game, Mitchell was of course asked about the explosive put-back.
On the next possession, Mitchell played great defense on Harden, whose stepback 3-point attempt almost airballed.
To cap the performance off, Exum performed arguably the best dunk of his National Basketball Association career to date, jamming it home over an outstretched PJ Tucker with under a minute remaining.
It's the most points ever scored by an Aussie in a playoff game, while it levels Patty Mills' record for the most threes. "They made runs - we knew they were going to make runs".
The Utah Jazz will likely give Jae Crowder the defensive assignment on Harden in game 2.
Secondly, the Jazz were much more physical with Harden and Paul. Houston is certainly still favored to win this series, but it would no longer be surprising for the Jazz to at least make it a deep series. Donovan Mitchell has been tremendous all year for the Jazz, but he just doesn't have enough help in this series. It was their third consecutive playoff victory by a double-digit margin after they blew out the Minnesota Timberwolves in the final two games of a five-game first-round series.
The Houston Rockets won the first game of the series against the Utah Jazz on Sunday afternoon to go up 1-0.
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