May 2, 2018, 11:09 pmDonovan MitchellG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell shot just 6-for-21 on Wednesday night but ended up with 17 points, a career-high 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in the Jazz’s crucial Game 2 win against the Rockets.
Mitchell may have seemed a little off his game in Game 2 but the numbers lie ever so slightly. Sure, Donovan made only 6-of-21 (including a ridiculous putback dunk) and shot 2-for-8 from long range. Despite that, Mitchell finished a game-high plus-13 so clearly just his presence on the floor was enough to bury the Rockets on Wednesday night. For example, Joe Ingles lit the Rockets up with seven treys but he only finished a minus-2. Rudy Gobert tallied 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks but only finished a minus-1. Mitchell’s playmaking when he shared the floor with bench players was phenomenal and the mere threat of him creating on offense put the Rockets’ defense on their heels. Pretty special stuff for a rookie.