Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell hopes talk about tiff with Rudy Gobert finally dies
After trailing most of the game, the Jazz clawed back with a last-minute comeback and sealed a thrilling 106-104 victory inside the HP Fieldhouse at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
That W wouldn’t have to fruition if not for the amazing chemistry between Mitchell and Gobert for the Jazz. With the game tied at 104, Mitchell attacked the rim and drew multiple Pelicans defenders before handing it off to Gobert in the paint.
While the Stifle Tower didn’t convert the field goal, he was hacked on the play and was sent to the charity stripe. Gobert, a 62.1 percent free-throw shooter, calmly sank both foul shots and gave the Jazz a two-point edge.
The Jazz sealed the victory the following possession after Brandon Ingram missed a potential game-winner. Mitchell recorded a complete game of 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals, while Gobert added 14 points, 12 boards, and three rejections.
Jazz reporter Eric Walden was quick to ask Mitchell about his relationship with Gobert in the post-game interview.
“Hopefully that kinda stops y’all from talking about it!” Mitchell said, via the Salt Lake Tribune.
“At the end of the day, we’re basketball players trying to go out there and make the right plays. He did a hell of of a job today. I tried to find guys getting open. For me, at the end of the game, it’s about making the right read.”
In context, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were the first two NBA players that tested positive for COVID-19 back in March. Multiple reports suggested that Mitchell was extremely furious with his fellow Jazz All-Star, especially after Gobert’s nonchalant approach with the virus prior to his diagnosis.
Judging by that play alone, it looks like the hatchet has indeed been buried. The Jazz will certainly need to have their two best players on the same page to have a chance for a deep postseason run.