Donovan Mitchell insists he is still getting back to his best as he leads the Utah Jazz to a 121-111 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Mitchell scored 29 points in a scintillating performance in his second game back from injury. He was sidelined after spraining his ankle midway through the regular season. Donovan Mitchell missed 16 games of the regular season for the Utah Jazz as well as the first game of this series. He revealed that he is not 100% and is hoping to reach the All-Star level soon.
“It’s a long game,” Mitchell said. “It’s been a while and just getting back into it. That’s really it. Understanding that trying to save your energy as much as possible, not needing to be as exuberant, I think that’s the right word to use, but I think just not being as loud and kind of demonstrative in my movements.”
Donavan Mitchell played 26 minutes in Game 2 and 29 minutes in Game 3. Although he was not nearly as effective in this game as compared to Game 3, he came to life down the stretch. He only managed shooting of 9 of 23 from the field. Mitchell was the first to recognize that there is a lot of room for improvement.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t play well,” Mitchell said. “I was there in moments, but I think there were times I missed my teammates on a few things, and there are things I can definitely do better.”
Rudy Gobert helped himself to a double-double scoring 15 points while securing 14 rebounds while Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson scored 15 points each. Ja Morant was the top scorer for the Grizzlies scoring 28 points while Dillian Brooks fouled out after adding 27 points. Grayson Allen scored five from beyond the arc off the bench. Kyle Anderson had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 13 rebounds.