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Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell speaks on playing close friend Eric Paschall for the first time since high school

Donovan Mitchell, Eric Paschall

The Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors face off on Monday night at the newly built Chase Center, but it will be a matchup between two close friends that will nab more of the headlines.

Donovan Mitchell of Utah and rookie Eric Paschall of the Warriors have known each other since they were children, and the two even played on the AAU circuit as they were growing up in New York.

According to a Tweet from Nick Friedell of ESPN, Mitchell is relishing the opportunity to face off against his good friend and former teammate, especially after the trash talk starts flowing:

“It’s going to be special. It’s going to be kind of surreal for a little bit. And then once he starts his little trash talking which I know he will, it’ll kind of go from there,” Mitchell told Friedell.

The Golden State Warriors are in a far different position this season than they have found themselves in seasons past. After losing Kevin Durant to free agency and both Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry to injuries, as well as Draymond Green to a lesser extent, the team has lost 8 of its first 10 games in the 2019-20 season, leaving it up to a stable of rookies and unproven young players to lead the team in this transitional period.

Paschall is doing a tremendous job in the absence of the Warriors’ star power. He’s averaging 16.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while playing over 30 minutes a night, and he dropped 34 points in win over the Blazers earlier this year.