Two key players pushed the Jazz past the Thunder in round one. One was Rudy Gobert — his presence in the paint, his ability to protect the rim forced Russell Westbrook and the attacking Thunder to pull up for more jumpers, and be less efficient with their shots (even when they did get to the rim). Gobert was the most dominant player in this series.
The other was rookie Donovan Mitchell. Although it’s time to stop calling him a rookie because he doesn’t play like one. Mitchell carried the Jazz as the primary shot creator all series, and with Ricky Rubio out in Game 6 he went to another level in the second half. Mitchell exploded for 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting in the quarter, leading the Jazz to a win that eliminated the Thunder.
Relive what Mitchell did in the video above and savor it. We don’t see players and performances like this often.