Jazz stars Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell reflect on ‘weird’ return to OKC after COVID-19 saga
The Utah Jazz duo of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell recently took a trip down memory lane as they returned to face the Oklahoma City Thunder which was the same team that they were set to play back on March 11 before the league was abruptly suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They reportedly stayed at 21c Museum Hotel once again, the same one that they stayed at back then, and apparently, Mitchell was put in the same room that he had nine months ago, per ESPN‘s Royce Young.
“I had the same [hotel] room, believe it or not,” he said. “Which is ironic.”
Despite the discouraging memories, both players still went to work against the Thunder for their third game of the season. Gobert did the damage with his double-double performance of 12 points and 10 rebounds along with Mike Conley who added 20 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists of his own.
Mitchell came out with 20 points and five rebounds including a game-winning layup for the Jazz with seven seconds left to lift the team to a 110-109 victory. Gobert, who previously joked about COVID-19 and contracted a positive case, then spoke about his emotions during the game.
“It’s just basketball. I was just focused on trying to get the win,” he said. “The one [big] thing was being back at the same hotel, all the memories. It was a little weird.”
After their narrow win, the Jazz now improves to a 2-1 record and both players are looking to put the past behind them amid the entire COVID-19 debacle that haunted the squad several months ago. Both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell will aim to close out the calendar year on a positive note as the Jazz go up against the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 31.