Clippers’ stars Kawhi Leonard, Paul George get advice from screaming fan on how to stop Donovan Mitchell
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz in Game 3, 132-106. Kawhi Leonard put up a 34-point, 12-rebound night, while Paul George added 31 points. Donovan Mitchell finished with 30 points on 11-of-24 shooting, continuing his hot shooting postseason.
While Mitchell has been a problem for any team he has faced, he has been a major problem for the Clippers thus far. He put up 45 points in Game 1 and 37 points in Game 2, both Jazz wins. For the series, he’s now averaging 37.3 points while shooting 50.6% from the field and 47.2% on 3-pointers.
After the Clippers’ Game 3 win, a fan inside Staples Center’s private suite began screaming. At first, he appeared incoherent. Then, he became much easier to understand, asking people to tell head coach Tyronn Lue and the Clippers how to defend Donovan Mitchell:
There’s a Clippers fan SCREAMING, essentially, to tell Ty Lue and the players to take away Donovan Mitchell’s right hand and they’ll win the series. pic.twitter.com/nOTxyyXDNY
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) June 13, 2021
Alcohol may or may not have played a part in this fan’s yelling, but was he wrong? Not entirely. Donovan Mitchell has gotten a lot of his offense around the rim by going right. Taking away Mitchell’s right hand is a lot easier said than done, however, especially considering how well he has shot off the dribble moving to his left.
Paul George dominated the first half, scoring 20 points to help the Clippers to a 64-49 halftime lead. Kawhi Leonard scored 24 of his 34 points in the second half to help close the Jazz out.
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the Clippers will try to do it again Monday night and win Game 4 to tie the series up at 2-2.