Donovan Mitchell of Jazz explodes for baseline tomahawk slam
On Thursday, the Jazz convincingly defeated the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves, 120-100. Mitchell continued his torrid scoring streak with a team-high 24 points in the win, giving him his fifth-straight game of over 20 points and 15 out of the last 17 games since the beginning of February.
To top it off, the 6-foot-3 guard out of Louisville provided the game’s highlight of the night. Late in the fourth quarter, Mitchell was set up for a corner three, but caught Minnesota’s defense napping. He then turned what would have been a routine 3-point attempt into a baseline tomahawk jam in which he suspended himself in the air like no other.
Multiple social media outlets immediately shared clips of Mitchell’s jaw-dropping dunk as fans stood in awe of the second-year wunderkind:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 15, 2019
SPIDA MITCHELL'S BOUNCE. OH MY. pic.twitter.com/3bMNftUmmM
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 15, 2019
The Jazz pretty much had the victory locked up at that point, but Donovan Mitchell wanted to guarantee that the Wolves stayed down and out with a play that would deflate any opponent on any night. Witness how Minnesota’s Tyus Jones and Dario Saric didn’t want to get tangled up in the nasty “Spida” web.
Utah is currently tied with the San Antonio Spurs for the sixth seed in the West with identical 39-29 records. The Jazz appear to be a dark-horse candidate yet again this coming postseason, and it’s Mitchell who is leading his Salt Lake squad to playoff heights once more.
Now if only Mitchell could transpose some of his mad-hopping skills onto teammate Joe Ingles; then we’ll all be convinced that the 22-year-old phenom is really supernatural.