By Tyler Keller, Director of Basketball Personnel
Jun 09, 2021

The Utah Jazz found themselves down 13 at the break, and it looked like they may drop another Game 1 at home, but a dominant third quarter put them right back on track to take a 1-0 series lead. Donovan Mitchell led the charge with 45 points, and was very aggressive because many of his teammates weren’t finding much success shooting the rock. Paul George and Marcus Morris were both coming off impressive performances in their Game 7 outing versus Dallas just two days ago, but both shot the ball below 30% from the field. Mitchell and Utah’s defense propelled them to an excellent start of the series.

  • Outside of Mitchell, the Jazz combined to shoot 34% FG in Game 1
  • Donovan Mitchell joined Karl Malone with the t-most GP (4) of 40+ PTS in Jazz postseason history
  • Has more playoff GP (3) with 45+ PTS than all other Jazz players in history combined (2)
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Spida’s 45 points were over 20 more than anyone else on the floor, as he seemed to be the only one that looked like he could get something going offensively. Dwayne Wade, now part owner of the Jazz, has said that he sees a lot of himself in Mitchell’s game, and his claims seemed spot on tonight. D-Wade made a deep playoff run as a young player in the league that really put him on the map, and Utah’s star guard wants to follow in his footsteps. 

Flash and Shaq were a great one-two punch in the postseason early in his career that culminated in a 2006 championship run, and this is similar to Mitchell’s situation with Rudy Gobert. Filling Wade’s shoes is a tough task, but Donovan has the skillset and mentorship to make a deep playoff run at a young age just like his part owner did.

  • Mitchell hits a go-ahead three


  • Spida goes off for 45 points in Game 1


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